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1‘nothing could shake her calm assurance’
self-confidence, confidence, self-assurance, belief in oneself, faith in oneself, positiveness, assertiveness, self-possession, self-reliance, nerve, poise, aplomb, presence of mind, phlegm, level-headedness, cool-headedness
coolness, calmness, composure, collectedness, sangfroid, equilibrium, equanimity, imperturbability, impassivity, nonchalance, serenity, tranquillity, peace of mind
informal cool, unflappability
2‘you have my assurance that I shall write to you’
word of honour, word, guarantee, promise, pledge, vow, avowal, oath, bond, affirmation, undertaking, commitment
archaic troth, parole
3‘there is no assurance of getting one's money back’
certainty, guarantee, sureness, certitude, confidence
4‘they required him to take out life assurance’
insurance, indemnity, indemnification, protection, security, surety, cover, coverage
guarantee, safeguard, warranty, provision
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