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assurance Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
    confidence; self-confidence; self-assurance; authority; sureness.
    • his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular
    • after that failure he lost his confidence
    • she spoke with authority
  2. noun a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
    • an assurance of help when needed
    • signed a pledge never to reveal the secret
  3. noun a statement intended to inspire confidence
    • the President's assurances were not respected
  4. noun a British term for some kinds of insurance

As*sur"ance noun
OE. assuraunce, F. assurance, fr. assurer. See Assure.
  1. The act of assuring; a declaration tending to inspire full confidence; that which is designed to give confidence.
    Whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. Acts xvii. 31.
    Assurances of support came pouring in daily. Macaulay.
  2. The state of being assured; firm persuasion; full confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certainty.
    Let us draw with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. Heb. x. 22.
  3. Firmness of mind; undoubting, steadiness; intrepidity; courage; confidence; self-reliance.
    Brave men meet danger with assurance. Knolles.
    Conversation with the world will give them knowledge and assurance. Locke.
  4. Excess of boldness; impudence; audacity; as, his assurance is intolerable.
  5. Betrothal; affiance. Obs. Sir P. Sidney.
  6. Insurance; a contract for the payment of a sum on occasion of a certain event, as loss or death. ✍ Recently, assurance has been used, in England, in relation to life contingencies, and insurance in relation to other contingencies. It is called temporary assurance, in the time within which the contingent event must happen is limited. See Insurance.
  7. (Law) Any written or other legal evidence of the conveyance of property; a conveyance; a deed. ✍ In England, the legal evidences of the conveyance of property are called the common assurances of the kingdom. Blackstone.

Webster 1913

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