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assurance

[uh-shoo r-uh ns, -shur-] /əˈʃʊər əns, -ˈʃɜr-/
noun
1.
a positive declaration intended to give confidence:
He received assurances of support for the project.
2.
promise or pledge; guaranty; surety:
He gave his assurance that the job would be done.
3.
full confidence; freedom from doubt; certainty:
to act in the assurance of success.
4.
freedom from timidity; self-confidence; belief in one's abilities:
She acted with speed and assurance.
5.
presumptuous boldness; impudence.
6.
Chiefly British. insurance.
Origin of assurance
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English ass(e)ura(u)nce < Middle French ass(e)urance. See assure, -ance
Related forms
preassurance, noun
Can be confused
assurance, insurance.
Synonyms
2. warranty, oath. 5. effrontery, impertinence, nerve, cheek.
Antonyms
3–5. uncertainty.
Synonym Study
3. See trust. 4. See confidence.
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assurance

/əˈʃʊərəns/
noun
1.
a statement, assertion, etc, intended to inspire confidence or give encouragement: she was helped by his assurance that she would cope
2.
a promise or pledge of support: he gave an assurance of help when needed
3.
freedom from doubt; certainty: his assurance about his own superiority infuriated her
4.
forwardness; impudence
5.
(mainly Brit) insurance providing for certainties such as death as contrasted with fire or theft
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Word Origin and History for assurance
n.

late 14c., "formal or solemn pledge, promise," also "certainty," from Old French asseurance (11c., Modern French assurance) "assurance, promise; truce; certainty, safety, security," from asseurer (see assure). The word had a negative tinge 18c., often suggesting impudence or presumption.

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