noun as·sur·ance \ə-ˈshr-ən(t)s\

: the state of being sure or certain about something

: a strong feeling of confidence about yourself or about being right

: a strong and definite statement that something will happen or that something is true

Full Definition of ASSURANCE

:  the act or action of assuring: as
a :  pledge, guarantee
b :  the act of conveying real property; also :  the instrument by which it is conveyed
c chiefly British :  insurance
:  the state of being assured: as
a :  security
b :  a being certain in the mind <the puritan's assurance of salvation>
c :  confidence of mind or manner :  easy freedom from self-doubt or uncertainty; also :  excessive self-confidence :  brashness, presumption
:  something that inspires or tends to inspire confidence <gave repeated assurances of goodwill>

First Known Use of ASSURANCE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of ASSURANCE

confidence, assurance, self-possession, aplomb mean a state of mind or a manner marked by easy coolness and freedom from uncertainty, diffidence, or embarrassment. confidence stresses faith in oneself and one's powers without any suggestion of conceit or arrogance <the confidence that comes from long experience>. assurance carries a stronger implication of certainty and may suggest arrogance or lack of objectivity in assessing one's own powers <handled the cross-examination with complete assurance>. self-possession implies an ease or coolness under stress that reflects perfect self-control and command of one's powers <answered the insolent question with complete self-possession>. aplomb implies a manifest self-possession in trying or challenging situations <handled the reporters with great aplomb>.

Rhymes with ASSURANCE

ASSURANCE Defined for Kids


noun as·sur·ance \ə-ˈshr-əns\

Definition of ASSURANCE for Kids

:  the act of making sure or confident <You have my assurance that it's true.>
:  the state of being sure or confident <I lent him money with assurance that I would be repaid.>
:  self-confidence <She spoke of her plans with quiet assurance.>


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