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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)
- assuraunce (obsolete)
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈʃʊɹəns/, /əˈʃɝəns/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈʃʊəɹəns/, /əˈʃɔːɹəns/
- Rhymes: -ʊəɹəns
- Hyphenation: as‧sur‧ance
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- The act of assuring; a declaration tending to inspire full confidence; something designed to give confidence.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Acts 17:31:
- Whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 9, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
- Assurances of support came pouring in daily.
- The state of being assured; total confidence or trust; a lack of doubt; certainty.
- Firmness of mind; undoubting steadiness; intrepidity; courage; confidence; self-reliance.
- 1603, Richard Knolles, The Generall Historie of the Turkes, […], London: […] Adam Islip, OCLC 837543169:
- the affairs of the Tarkish camp together with assurance
- 1693, [John Locke], “§70”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: […] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, […], OCLC 1161614482:
- Conversation, when they come into the world, soon gives them a becoming assurance
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314:
- 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.
- Excessive boldness; impudence; audacity
- his assurance is intolerable
- (obsolete) Betrothal; affiance.
- (insurance) Insurance; a contract for the payment of a sum on occasion of a certain event, as loss or death. Assurance is used 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.
- (law) Any written or other legal evidence of the conveyance of property; a conveyance; a deed.
- (theology) Subjective certainty of one's salvation.
assurance f (plural assurances)