[uh-shoo rd, uh-shurd]


guaranteed; sure; certain; secure: an assured income.
bold; confident; authoritative: His art was both assured and facile.
boldly presumptuous.
Chiefly British. insured, as against loss.


  1. the beneficiary under a policy.
  2. the person whose life or property is covered by a policy.

Origin of assured

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at assure, -ed2
Related formsas·sur·ed·ly [uh-shoo r-id-lee, uh-shur-] /əˈʃʊər ɪd li, əˈʃɜr-/, adverbas·sur·ed·ness, nouno·ver·as·sured, adjectiveo·ver·as·sur·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·as·sur·ed·ness, nounun·as·sured, adjectiveun·as·sur·ed·ly, adverbun·as·sur·ed·ness, nounwell-as·sured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unassured

Historical Examples of unassured

  • Failure was instinct in her, in her faded colouring and eager, unassured manner.

    Regiment of Women

    Clemence Dane

  • When the answer came, it was strangely deprecatory, uncertain, unassured.


    Richard Harding Davis

  • If she were worth her salt she would have too much pride to be intimate with a youth in your unassured position, to say no worse.

    Two on a Tower

    Thomas Hardy

  • The sun still shone in heaven, and still Edward's conquest was unassured.

  • It recalled to her the ways of his pathetic youth, his youth that obscurity made wild and shy and unassured.

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for unassured



made certain; sure; guaranteed
mainly British insured, esp by a life assurance policy


mainly British
  1. the beneficiary under a life assurance policy
  2. the person whose life is insured
Derived Formsassuredly (əˈʃʊərɪdlɪ), adverbassuredness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unassured



of persons, "confident, self-assured," late 14c., past participle adjective from assure. Related: Assuredly; assuredness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper