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 for assurance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assurance \As*sur"ance\, n. [OE. assuraunce, F. assurance, fr.
     assurer. See Assure.]
     1. The act of assuring; a declaration tending to inspire full
        confidence; that which is designed to give confidence.
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              Whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in
              that he hath raised him from the dead. --Acts xvii.
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              Assurances of support came pouring in daily.
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     2. The state of being assured; firm persuasion; full
        confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certainty.
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              Let us draw with a true heart in full assurance of
              faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil
              conscience.                           --Heb. x. 22.
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     3. Firmness of mind; undoubting, steadiness; intrepidity;
        courage; confidence; self-reliance.
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              Brave men meet danger with assurance. --Knolles.
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              Conversation with the world will give them knowledge
              and assurance.                        --Locke.
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     4. Excess of boldness; impudence; audacity; as, his assurance
        is intolerable.
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     5. Betrothal; affiance. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney.
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     6. Insurance; a contract for the payment of a sum on occasion
        of a certain event, as loss or death.
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     Note: Recently, assurance has been used, in England, 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. See Insurance.
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     7. (Law) Any written or other legal evidence of the
        conveyance of property; a conveyance; a deed.
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     Note: In England, the legal evidences of the conveyance of
           property are called the common assurances of the
           kingdom. --Blackstone.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities;
           "his assurance in his superiority did not make him
           popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she
           spoke with authority" [syn: assurance, self-assurance,
           confidence, self-confidence, authority, sureness]
      2: a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something;
         "an assurance of help when needed"; "signed a pledge never to
         reveal the secret" [syn: assurance, pledge]
      3: a statement intended to inspire confidence; "the President's
         assurances were not respected"
      4: a British term for some kinds of insurance

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  266 Moby Thesaurus words for "assurance":
     Bible oath, absolute certainty, absoluteness, acceptation,
     acception, accident insurance, acquiescence, actuary, agreement,
     aid and comfort, annuity, aplomb, arrogance, ascertainment,
     aspiration, assumption, assured faith, assuredness, audacity,
     aviation insurance, avouch, avouchment, avow, bail bond, balance,
     belief, boldness, bond, brashness, brass, brazenness,
     bumptiousness, business life insurance, casualty insurance,
     certain knowledge, certainness, certainty,
     certificate of insurance, certification, certitude, check,
     checking, cheek, cheerful expectation, chutzpah, clear sailing,
     cockiness, cocksureness, collation, comfort, commitment, compact,
     composure, conceit, condolence, confidence, confidentness,
     confirmation, consolation, control, contumely, conviction,
     coolness, courage, court bond, covenant, credence, credit,
     credit insurance, credit life insurance, credulity, dead certainty,
     deductible, definiteness, dependence, desire, determinacy,
     determinateness, determination, doomed hope, easement, effrontery,
     emboldening, encouragement, endowment insurance, ensuring,
     equability, equanimity, equilibrium, establishment, expectation,
     extrajudicial oath, fair prospect, faith,
     family maintenance policy, fervent hope, fidelity bond,
     fidelity insurance, flood insurance, fraternal insurance, gall,
     good cheer, good hope, government insurance, great expectations,
     guarantee, guaranty, gumption, guts, gutsiness, hardihood,
     hardiness, harmlessness, health insurance, heartening, high hopes,
     hope, hopeful prognosis, hopefulness, hopes, hoping,
     hoping against hope, hubris, immunity, impudence, indemnity,
     industrial life insurance, ineluctability, inerrability, inerrancy,
     inevitability, infallibilism, infallibility, insolence,
     inspiration, inspiriting, inspiritment, insurance, insurance agent,
     insurance broker, insurance company, insurance man,
     insurance policy, interinsurance, intrepidity, invulnerability,
     ironclad oath, judicial oath, level head, levelheadedness,
     liability insurance, license bond, limited payment insurance,
     loyalty oath, major medical insurance, malpractice insurance,
     marine insurance, mutual company, necessity, nerve, nonambiguity,
     noncontingency, oath, oath of allegiance, oath of office,
     obtrusiveness, ocean marine insurance, official oath,
     overconfidence, oversureness, overweening, overweeningness, pact,
     parole, permit bond, pledge, plight, poise, policy, pomposity,
     positiveness, possession, prayerful hope, predestination,
     predetermination, presence of mind, presumption, presumptuousness,
     pride, probatum, procacity, promise, prospect, prospects,
     protection, proved fact, pushiness, reassurance, reassurement,
     reception, reliance, reliance on, relief, resolve, restraint,
     risklessness, robbery insurance, safeguard, safeness, safety,
     sangfroid, sanguine expectation, security, self-assurance,
     self-command, self-conceit, self-confidence, self-control,
     self-importance, self-possession, self-reliance, self-restraint,
     settled belief, shred of comfort, social security, solace,
     solacement, solemn declaration, solemn oath, steadiness, stock,
     stock company, stocks and bonds, store, subjective certainty,
     substantiation, support, sureness, surety, suspension of disbelief,
     sympathy, term insurance, test oath, theft insurance, tie, troth,
     trust, truth, unambiguity, understanding, underwriter,
     unequivocalness, univocity, unmistakableness, uppishness,
     uppityness, validation, vanity, verification, vow, warrant,
     warranty, well-grounded hope, well-regulated mind, word,
     word of honor

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     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;
       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.)

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ASSURANCE, com. law. Insurance. (q.v.)

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ASSURANCE, conveyancing. This is called a common assurance. But the term
  assurances includes, in an enlarged sense, all instruments which dispose of
  property, whether they be the grants of private persons, or not; such are
  fines and recoveries, and private acts of the legislature. Eunom. Dial. 2,
  s. 5.

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