Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of assuring.
  • n. A statement or indication that inspires confidence; a guarantee or pledge: gave her assurance that the plan would succeed.
  • n. Freedom from doubt; certainty: set sail in the assurance of favorable winds. See Synonyms at certainty.
  • n. Self-confidence. See Synonyms at confidence.
  • n. Excessive self-confidence; presumption.
  • n. Chiefly British Insurance, especially life insurance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of assuring; a declaration tending to inspire full confidence; that which is designed to give confidence.
  • n. The state of being assured; firm persuasion; full confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certainty.
  • n. Firmness of mind; undoubting, steadiness; intrepidity; courage; confidence; self-reliance.
  • n. Excess of boldness; impudence; audacity; as, his assurance is intolerable.
  • n. Betrothal; affiance.
  • n. Insurance; a contract for the payment of a sum on occasion of a certain event, as loss or death. &hand; 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.
  • n. Any written or other legal evidence of the conveyance of property; a conveyance; a deed. &hand; In England, the legal evidences of the conveyance of property are called the common assurances of the kingdom. Blackstone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of assuring; a declaration tending to inspire full confidence; that which is designed to give confidence.
  • n. The state of being assured; firm persuasion; full confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certainty.
  • n. Firmness of mind; undoubting, steadiness; intrepidity; courage; confidence; self-reliance.
  • n. Excess of boldness; impudence; audacity.
  • n. Betrothal; affiance.
  • n. Insurance; a contract for the payment of a sum on occasion of a certain event, as loss or death.
  • n. Any written or other legal evidence of the conveyance of property; a conveyance; a deed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of assuring; a formal or earnest statement intended to produce belief or conviction; a positive declaration intended to give confidence: as, I trusted to his assurances.
  • n. Pledge; guaranty; surety.
  • n. Affiance; betrothal.
  • n. In law, documentary evidence of the title or right of possession of property.
  • n. Insurance; a contract for the payment of a sum on the occurrence of a certain event, as loss or death.
  • n. Certain proof; clear evidence; positive demonstration; undeniable grounds for belief or trust; assuredness.
  • n. Firm persuasion; full confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certain expectation; the utmost certainty.
  • n. Especially Firmness of mind; undoubting steadiness; intrepidity; courage.
  • n. Freedom from timidity or bashfulness; laudable confidence; self-reliance.
  • n. Excess of boldness; impudence: as, his assurance is intolerable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
  • n. a British term for some kinds of insurance
  • n. freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
  • n. a statement intended to inspire confidence

Etymologies

Middle English assuraunce, Old French assurance, from assurer; as if assure +‎ -ance. (Wiktionary)

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  • This word sounds like the bad-end of an insurance deal.

    January 13, 2009