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Definition of "assurance" []

  • The act of assuring. (noun)
  • A statement or indication that inspires confidence; a guarantee or pledge: gave her assurance that the plan would succeed. (noun)
  • Freedom from doubt; certainty: set sail in the assurance of favorable winds. See Synonyms at certainty. (noun)
  • Self-confidence. See Synonyms at confidence. (noun)
  • Excessive self-confidence; presumption. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "assurance" in a sentence
  • "The promise that his house should be blessed was intended as a compensation for the disappointment of his wish to build the temple, and hence this assurance is appropriately repeated at the conclusion of the prophet's address [Bertheau]."
  • "'I suspect, however, that, if we were able to get a bird's-eye view of his mind and all its workings, we should discover that what he called assurance was not the condition you would call such."
  • "As illustrated by the BP disaster, we when, as a society, push technology to its limits on a large scale, for whatever reason, the implications of a technological or systems failure are getting to the point where we require absolute safety in operation of those systems – and obtaining such assurance is never inexpensive … and sometimes not even possible."