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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insurance  \In*sur"ance\,  n.  [From  {Insure}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  insuring,  or  assuring,  against  loss  or  damage 
  by  a  contingent  event;  a  contract  whereby,  for  a 
  stipulated  consideration,  called  premium,  one  party 
  undertakes  to  indemnify  or  guarantee  another  against  loss 
  by  certain  specified  risks.  Cf  {Assurance},  n.,  6. 
 
  Note:  The  person  who  undertakes  to  pay  in  case  of  loss  is 
  termed  the  insurer;  the  danger  against  which  he 
  undertakes,  the  risk;  the  person  protected,  the 
  insured;  the  sum  which  he  pays  for  the  protection,  the 
  premium;  and  the  contract  itself  when  reduced  to  form 
  the  policy.  --Johnson's  Cyc. 
 
  2.  The  premium  paid  for  insuring  property  or  life. 
 
  3.  The  sum  for  which  life  or  property  is  insured. 
 
  4.  A  guaranty,  security,  or  pledge;  assurance.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  most  acceptable  insurance  of  the  divine 
  protection.  --Mickle. 
 
  {Accident  insurance},  insurance  against  pecuniary  loss  by 
  reason  of  accident  to  the  person. 
 
  {Endowment  insurance}  or  {assurance},  a  combination  of  life 
  insurance  and  investment  such  that  if  the  person  upon 
  whose  life  a  risk  is  taken  dies  before  a  certain  specified 
  time  the  insurance  becomes  due  at  once,  and  if  he 
  survives,  it  becomes  due  at  the  time  specified. 
 
  {Fire  insurance}.  See  under  {Fire}. 
 
  {Insurance  broker},  a  broker  or  agent  who  effects  insurance. 
 
 
  {Insurance  company},  a  company  or  corporation  whose  business 
  it  is  to  insure  against  loss  damage,  or  death. 
 
  {Insurance  policy},  a  certificate  of  insurance;  the  document 
  containing  the  contract  made  by  an  insurance  company  with 
  a  person  whose  property  or  life  is  insured. 
 
  {Life  insurance}.  See  under  {Life}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Whereof  he  hath  given  assurance  unto  all  men,  in 
  that  he  hath  raised  him  from  the  dead.  --Acts  xvii. 
  31. 
 
  Assurances  of  support  came  pouring  in  daily. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  assured;  firm  persuasion;  full 
  confidence  or  trust;  freedom  from  doubt;  certainty. 
 
  Let  us  draw  with  a  true  heart  in  full  assurance  of 
  faith,  having  our  hearts  sprinkled  from  an  evil 
  conscience.  --Heb.  x.  22. 
 
  3.  Firmness  of  mind;  undoubting  steadiness;  intrepidity; 
  courage;  confidence;  self-reliance. 
 
  Brave  men  meet  danger  with  assurance.  --Knolles. 
 
  Conversation  with  the  world  will  give  them  knowledge 
  and  assurance.  --Locke. 
 
  4.  Excess  of  boldness;  impudence;  audacity;  as  his  assurance 
  is  intolerable. 
 
  5.  Betrothal;  affiance.  [Obs.]  --Sir  P.  Sidney. 
 
  6.  Insurance;  a  contract  for  the  payment  of  a  sum  on  occasion 
  of  a  certain  event,  as  loss  or  death. 
 
  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}. 
 
  7.  (Law)  Any  written  or  other  legal  evidence  of  the 
  conveyance  of  property;  a  conveyance;  a  deed. 
 
  Note:  In  England,  the  legal  evidences  of  the  conveyance  of 
  property  are  called  the  common  assurances  of  the 
  kingdom.  --Blackstone. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  assurance 
  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" 
  [syn:  {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:  {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  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Assurance 
  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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