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assurance (n.)

late 14c., "formal or solemn pledge, promise," also "certainty, full confidence," from Old French asseurance "assurance, promise; truce; certainty, safety, security" (11c., Modern French assurance), from asseurer "to reassure, to render sure" (see assure). Meaning "self-confident" is from 1590s. The word had a negative tinge 18c., often suggesting impudence or presumption.

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Definitions of assurance from WordNet

assurance (n.)
freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities;
his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular
assurance (n.)
a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something;
an assurance of help when needed
Synonyms: pledge
assurance (n.)
a statement intended to inspire confidence;
the President's assurances were not respected
assurance (n.)
a British term for some kinds of insurance;
From wordnet.princeton.edu