Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being sure, certainty.
  • n. The property of being sure, deft, confident of ability.
  • n. The result or product of being sure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being sure; certainty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being sure or certain; certainty.

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

  • n. the quality of being steady and unfailing
  • n. freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

Etymologies

From sure +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "But, no doubt, the sureness has been a good servant in his business," returned the Judge.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • A positive result in particle physics requires what's called five sigma, which is a probability of 99.99997 percent sureness, which is fantastic.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Greatheart -- Greatheart the valiant -- her knight of the golden armour, going before her, strong to defend, -- invincible, unafraid, sure by means of that sureness which is given only to those who draw upon a Higher

    Greatheart

  • I will not ask whether you have any religion or not, because most of you are professors of religion, but I do ask, Has your religion got this element of 'sureness' in it?

    Standards of Life and Service

  • Evidently, if visions would make us sure, God does not care about the kind of sureness they can give, or for our being made sure in that way.

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock

  • That alone is reason to go, since "Blood Knot," the 1961 two-man play that introduced Mr. Fugard to the world's stages, is a modern classic, a play that moves with stealthy sureness from a quiet, almost nonchalant start to an overwhelming conclusion.

    Waiting for Mandela

  • Maybe, some close to him say, the old sureness of touch has gone.

    Paul Dacre: a headline act making the news | profile

  • The Places in Between remains one of the most memorable books I've read in the past few years: an intrepid and stylish travelogue that shows a remarkable balance between openness to others and sureness of self.

    News Junkies

  • I feel suddenly as nervous as a cat caught in traffic, and all my sureness skitters away.

    Angry Young Man

  • That same sureness and definiteness of adjustment with which, without fumbling or approximating, he picked up a pencil or reached for a door-knob, was his in the more complicated adjustments, with which, as instance, he drove a high-powered machine at high speed over busy country roads.

    CHAPTER XXV

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