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assured

[uh-shoo rd, uh-shurd] /əˈʃʊərd, əˈʃɜrd/
adjective
1.
guaranteed; sure; certain; secure:
an assured income.
2.
bold; confident; authoritative:
His art was both assured and facile.
3.
boldly presumptuous.
4.
Chiefly British. insured, as against loss.
noun
5.
Insurance.
  1. the beneficiary under a policy.
  2. the person whose life or property is covered by a policy.
Origin of assured
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see assure, -ed2
Related forms
assuredly
[uh-shoo r-id-lee, uh-shur-] /əˈʃʊər ɪd li, əˈʃɜr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
assuredness, noun
overassured, adjective
overassuredly, adverb
overassuredness, noun
unassured, adjective
unassuredly, adverb
unassuredness, noun
well-assured, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unassured
Historical Examples
  • If she were worth her salt she would have too much pride to be intimate with a youth in your unassured position, to say no worse.

    Two on a Tower Thomas Hardy
  • Failure was instinct in her, in her faded colouring and eager, unassured manner.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • It recalled to her the ways of his pathetic youth, his youth that obscurity made wild and shy and unassured.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • The sun still shone in heaven, and still Edward's conquest was unassured.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • When the answer came, it was strangely deprecatory, uncertain, unassured.

    Vera Richard Harding Davis
  • But the four infants who were left would be burden enough for the mother in her unassured and unprotected state.

    Royal Edinburgh Margaret Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for unassured

assured

/əˈʃʊəd/
adjective
1.
made certain; sure; guaranteed
2.
self-assured
3.
(mainly Brit) insured, esp by a life assurance policy
noun
4.
(mainly Brit)
  1. the beneficiary under a life assurance policy
  2. the person whose life is insured
Derived Forms
assuredly (əˈʃʊərɪdlɪ) adverb
assuredness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unassured

assured

adj.

of persons, "confident, self-assured," late 14c., past participle adjective from assure. Related: Assuredly; assuredness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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