See also: Assurance

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(See the entry for “assurance”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)

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From Middle English assuraunce, from Old French asseürance, from asseürer; as if assure +‎ -ance.

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assurance (countable and uncountable, plural assurances)

  1. The act of assuring; a declaration tending to inspire full confidence; something designed to give confidence.
  2. The state of being assured; total confidence or trust; a lack of doubt; certainty.
  3. Firmness of mind; undoubting steadiness; intrepidity; courage; confidence; self-reliance.
    • 1603, Richard Knolles, The Generall Historie of the Turkes, [], London: [] Adam Islip, →OCLC:
      the affairs of the Tarkish camp together with assurance
    • 1693, [John Locke], “§70”, in Some Thoughts Concerning Education, London: [] A[wnsham] and J[ohn] Churchill, [], →OCLC:
      Conversation, when they come into the world, soon gives them a becoming assurance
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. [] His air, of self-confident assurance, seemed that of a man well used to having his own way.
  4. Excessive boldness; impudence; audacity
    his assurance is intolerable
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume I, chapter 7:
      You confined to the society of the illiterate and vulgar all your life! I wonder how the young man could have the assurance to ask it. He must have a pretty good opinion of himself.
  5. (obsolete) Betrothal; affiance.
  6. (insurance) Insurance; a contract for the payment of a sum on occasion of a certain event, as loss or death. Assurance is used 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.
  7. (law) Any written or other legal evidence of the conveyance of property; a conveyance; a deed.
  8. (theology) Subjective certainty of one's salvation.

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From assurer +‎ -ance.

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assurance f (plural assurances)

  1. insurance
  2. assurance

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