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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      (Chiefly Brit)   insurance providing for certainties such as death as contrasted with fire or theft  

endowment assurance   , insurance  
      n   a form of life insurance that provides for the payment of a specified sum directly to the policyholder at a designated date or to his beneficiary should he die before this date  
key-man assurance  
      n   an assurance policy taken out, esp. by a small company, on the life of a senior executive whose death would create a serious loss  
life assurance  
      n   a form of insurance providing for the payment of a specified sum to a named beneficiary on the death of the policyholder,   (Also called)    life insurance  
      n   confidence in the validity, value, etc., of one's own ideas, opinions, etc.  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    affirmation, assertion, declaration, guarantee, oath, pledge, profession, promise, protestation, vow, word, word of honour  
2    assertiveness, assuredness, boldness, certainty, certitude, confidence, conviction, coolness, courage, faith, firmness, nerve, poise, positiveness, security, self-confidence, self-reliance, sureness  
3    arrogance, brass neck     (Brit. informal)   chutzpah     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   effrontery, gall     (informal)   impudence, neck     (informal)   nerve     (informal)   presumption, sassiness     (U.S. informal)  
1    falsehood, lie  
2 & 3    apprehension, diffidence, distrust, doubt, self-doubt, self-effacement, shyness, timidity, uncertainty  

assertiveness, confidence, nerve, poise, positiveness, self-confidence, self-possession  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
from Old French seurté "a promise, pledge, guarantee; assurance, confidence" (12c., Modern French sûreté)," from securus (see secure (adj.)).
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