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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for assurance in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Middle English assuraunce, Old French asseürance, from asseürer; as if assure +‎ -ance.



assurance (countable and uncountable, plural assurances)

  1. The act of assuring; a declaration tending to inspire full confidence; that which is designed to give confidence.
    • Acts xvii. 31.
      Whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Thomas Macaulay
      Assurances of support came pouring in daily.
  2. The state of being assured; firm persuasion; full confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certainty.
    • Hebrews x. 22.
      Let us draw with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.
  3. Firmness of mind; undoubting, steadiness; intrepidity; courage; confidence; self-reliance.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Richard Knolles
      Brave men meet danger with assurance.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Locke
      Conversation with the world will give them knowledge and assurance.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0108:
      This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. [] His air, of self-confident assurance, seemed that of a man well used to having his own way.
  4. Excess of boldness; impudence; audacity
    his assurance is intolerable
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume I, chapter 7:
      You confined to the society of the illiterate and vulgar all your life! I wonder how the young man could have the assurance to ask it. He must have a pretty good opinion of himself.
  5. (obsolete) Betrothal; affiance.
  6. (insurance) 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.
  7. (law) Any written or other legal evidence of the conveyance of property; a conveyance; a deed.
  8. (theology) Subjective certainty of one's salvation.

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From assurer +‎ -ance.



assurance f (plural assurances)

  1. insurance
  2. assurance

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