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a positive declaration intended to give confidence:
He received assurances of support for the project.
promise or pledge; guaranty; surety:
He gave his assurance that the job would be done.
full confidence; freedom from doubt; certainty:
to act in the assurance of success.
freedom from timidity; self-confidence; belief in one’s abilities:
She acted with speed and assurance.
presumptuous boldness; impudence.
Chiefly British, .
Contemporary Examples

To an audience destabilized by seismic changes in the culture, he brings the assurance (and the threat) that Obama et al.
Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really. Ana Marie Cox December 19, 2014

So, one has to believe that Obama and Clinton have some kind of assurance from both leaders that a freeze deal can be worked out.
Hillary’s Dangerous Mideast Leap Leslie H. Gelb September 14, 2010

But waiting several more months for that to happen seems like an extremely risky strategy, with no assurance of success.
Looking Anew at the Iran Nuclear Agreement Alan Elsner December 4, 2013

Allow time for fittings; they don’t do 24-hour turnarounds, something you should take as an assurance of quality.
Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt January 15, 2010

We can say with assurance, however, that few black people are likely to believe that the response would have been the same.
Give Obama a Break Stephen L. Carter July 25, 2009

Historical Examples

He returned to the Molinist, whom he had first visited, with this assurance.
Pascal John Tulloch

This assurance satisfied the others, but it did not satisfy Harriet.
Harriet, The Moses of Her People Sarah H. Bradford

The taint of a flippant wit was common to all its members, and their assurance was unbounded.
The Beth Book Sarah Grand

We aim at the assurance of a rounded and permanent national life.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

Between a doubting Christian and one more confirmed, about assurance.
The Life of Daniel De Foe George Chalmers

a statement, assertion, etc, intended to inspire confidence or give encouragement: she was helped by his assurance that she would cope
a promise or pledge of support: he gave an assurance of help when needed
freedom from doubt; certainty: his assurance about his own superiority infuriated her
forwardness; impudence
(mainly Brit) insurance providing for certainties such as death as contrasted with fire or theft

late 14c., “formal or solemn pledge, promise,” also “certainty,” from Old French asseurance (11c., Modern French assurance) “assurance, promise; truce; certainty, safety, security,” from asseurer (see assure). The word had a negative tinge 18c., often suggesting impudence or presumption.

The resurrection of Jesus (Acts 17:31) is the “assurance” (Gr. pistis, generally rendered “faith”) or pledge God has given that his revelation is true and worthy of acceptance. The “full assurance [Gr. plerophoria, ‘full bearing’] of faith” (Heb. 10:22) is a fulness of faith in God which leaves no room for doubt. The “full assurance of understanding” (Col. 2:2) is an entire unwavering conviction of the truth of the declarations of Scripture, a joyful steadfastness on the part of any one of conviction that he has grasped the very truth. The “full assurance of hope” (Heb. 6:11) is a sure and well-grounded expectation of eternal glory (2 Tim. 4:7, 8). This assurance of hope is the assurance of a man’s own particular salvation. This infallible assurance, which believers may attain unto as to their own personal salvation, is founded on the truth of the promises (Heb. 6:18), on the inward evidence of Christian graces, and on the testimony of the Spirit of adoption (Rom. 8:16). That such a certainty may be attained appears from the testimony of Scripture (Rom. 8:16; 1 John 2:3; 3:14), from the command to seek after it (Heb. 6:11; 2 Pet. 1:10), and from the fact that it has been attained (2 Tim. 1:12; 4:7, 8; 1 John 2:3; 4:16). This full assurance is not of the essence of saving faith. It is the result of faith, and posterior to it in the order of nature, and so frequently also in the order of time. True believers may be destitute of it. Trust itself is something different from the evidence that we do trust. Believers, moreover, are exhorted to go on to something beyond what they at present have when they are exhorted to seek the grace of full assurance (Heb. 10:22; 2 Pet. 1:5-10). The attainment of this grace is a duty, and is to be diligently sought. “Genuine assurance naturally leads to a legitimate and abiding peace and joy, and to love and thankfulness to God; and these from the very laws of our being to greater buoyancy, strength, and cheerfulness in the practice of obedience in every department of duty.” This assurance may in various ways be shaken, diminished, and intermitted, but the principle out of which it springs can never be lost. (See FAITH.)


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