What does assurance mean?

Definitions for assurance
əˈʃʊər əns, -ˈʃɜr-as·sur·ance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, surenessnoun

    freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

    "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"

  2. assurance, pledgenoun

    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. assurancenoun

    a statement intended to inspire confidence

    "the President's assurances were not respected"

  4. assurancenoun

    a British term for some kinds of insurance


  1. assurancenoun

    The act of assuring; a declaration tending to inspire full confidence; that which is designed to give confidence.

  2. assurancenoun

    The state of being assured; firm persuasion; full confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certainty.

  3. assurancenoun

    Firmness of mind; undoubting, steadiness; intrepidity; courage; confidence; self-reliance.

  4. assurancenoun

    Excess of boldness; impudence; audacity; as, his assurance is intolerable.

  5. assurancenoun

    Betrothal; affiance.

  6. assurancenoun

    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. assurancenoun

    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.

  8. Etymology: assuraunce, assurance, from assurer; as if.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Assurancenoun

    Etymology: assurance, French.

    Though hope be, indeed, a lower and lesser thing than assurance, yet, as to all the purposes of a pious life, it may prove more useful. South.

    What encouragement can be given to goodness, beyond the hopes of heaven, and the assurance of an endless felicity? John Tillotson.

    What man is he, that boasts of fleshly might,
    And vain assurance of mortality,
    Which all so soon as it doth come to fight
    Against spiritual foes, yields by and by. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    I grant that proof from the authority of man’s judgment, is not able to work that assurance, which doth grow by a stronger proof. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    ’Tis far off,
    And rather like a dream, than an assurance
    That my remembrance warrants. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    The obedient, and the man of practice, shall outgrow all their doubts and ignorances, till persuasion pass into knowledge, and knowledge advance into assurance. South.

    Hath he found, in an evil course, that comfortable assurance of God’s favour, and good hopes of his future condition, which a religious life would have given him? John Tillotson.

    Men whose consideration will relieve our modesty, and give us courage and assurance in the duties of our profession. John Rogers.

    My behaviour ill governed, gave you the first comfort; my affection ill hid, hath given you this last assurance. Philip Sidney.

    Conversation, when they come into the world, will add to their knowledge and assurance. John Locke.

    The nature of desire itself is no easier to receive belief, than it is hard to ground belief; for as desire is glad to embrace the first shew of comfort, so is desire desirous of perfect assurance. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    As the conquest was but slight and superficial, so the pope’s donation to the Irish submissions were but weak and fickle assurances. John Davies, on Ireland.

    None of woman born
    Shall harm Macbeth. ————
    —— Then live, Macduff, what need I fear of thee?
    But yet I’ll make assurance double sure,
    And take a bond of fate; Thou shalt not live. William Shakespeare, Macb.

    I must confess your offer is the best;
    And, let your father make her the assurance,
    She is your own, else you must pardon me,
    If you should die before him, where’s her dower. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    With all th’ assurance innocence can bring,
    Fearless without, because secure within;
    Arm’d with my courage, unconcern’d I see
    This pomp, a shame to you, a pride to me. John Dryden, Aureng.

    This is not the grace of hope, but a good natural assurance or confidence, which Aristotle observes young men to be full of, and old men not so inclined to. Henry Hammond, Pract. Cat.

    I am a gentleman of blood and breeding,
    And from some knowledge and assurance of you,
    Offer this office. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    We have as great assurance that there is a God, as we could expect to have, supposing that he were. John Tillotson, Preface.

    Such an assurance of things as will make men careful to avoid a lesser danger, ought to awaken men to avoid a greater. John Tillotson.


  1. assurance

    Assurance is a positive declaration or pledge intended to provide confidence or guarantee that certain conditions or actions will, or have been, met. It can also refer to the general certainty, trust, or comfort in someone's character or capabilities. In business terms, assurance often refers to professional services provided to analyze and improve the quality of information for decision-makers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assurancenoun

    the act of assuring; a declaration tending to inspire full confidence; that which is designed to give confidence

  2. Assurancenoun

    the state of being assured; firm persuasion; full confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certainty

  3. Assurancenoun

    firmness of mind; undoubting, steadiness; intrepidity; courage; confidence; self-reliance

  4. Assurancenoun

    excess of boldness; impudence; audacity; as, his assurance is intolerable

  5. Assurancenoun

    betrothal; affiance

  6. Assurancenoun

    insurance; a contract for the payment of a sum on occasion of a certain event, as loss or death

  7. Assurancenoun

    any written or other legal evidence of the conveyance of property; a conveyance; a deed

  8. Etymology: [OE. assuraunce, F. assurance, fr. assurer. See Assure.]


  1. Assurance

    Assurance is a Protestant Christian doctrine that states that the inner witness of the Holy Spirit allows the justified disciple to know they are saved. Based on the writings of St. Augustine of Hippo, assurance was historically a very important doctrine in Methodism, Lutheranism, and Calvinism, and remains so among some members of these groups today.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. assurance

    (See MARINE INSURANCE.) Conveyance or deed: in which light Shakspeare makes Tranio say that his father will "pass assurance."

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assurance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3242

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assurance' in Nouns Frequency: #1641

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assurance in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assurance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of assurance in a Sentence

  1. Archibald MacLeish:

    The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed. There are few manifestations any longer of the old American self-assurance which so irritated Dickens. Instead, there is a sense of frustration so perceptible that even our politicians have attempted to exploit it.

  2. Doug Raaberg:

    What they need  is assurance that the equipment that they're using is sustained both today and tomorrow. We need to provide them good affordable solutions.

  3. Arcos Dorados:

    The company provides every assurance that it complies with all the laws in all of the markets in which it does business.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    United States are determined to make sure it never possesses a nuclear weapon. The Iran deal in its current form does not provide that assurance, we will continue to work with our European allies to fix that deal. But if a deal can not be reached, the [ United States ] President has said that he will leave that deal.

  5. Quentin Hart:

    The assurance that people in this community, in my community, that they're safe, i think of the people that may not have the means that I have, I think about the children that are at home that may not be in great situations. The strain that this is putting on our entire community. I think about the people that are working at Tyson's. I think about just people, and the ability to return back to some semblance of, I'll say, normal life.

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