Definition of reassurance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌriːəˈʃʊərəns//
    , BrE//ˌriːəˈʃɔːrəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːəˈʃʊrəns//
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  1. 1[uncountable] reassurance (that…) the fact of giving advice or help that takes away a person’s fears or doubts to give/provide/offer reassurance Teenagers need love, encouragement and reassurance from their parents. She is very insecure and constantly seeks reassurance that he loves her.
  2. 2[countable] reassurance (that…) something that is said or done to take away a person’s fears or doubts We have been given reassurances that the water is safe to drink.
  3. Extra examples A system of beliefs can bring you reassurance at times of stress. Consumers need a little reassurance after all this bad publicity. Continual calm reassurance should be given. He drew reassurance from the enthusiastic applause. He glanced at her, seeking reassurance. He held onto her hand for reassurance. I patted her shoulder in reassurance. She found reassurance in the high attendance at her lectures. She kept looking in the mirror despite my constant reassurances that her hair looked fine. She received little reassurance or sympathy. The company tried to offer reassurance on the safety of its products. We have had some reassurances from the council that the building will be saved. reassurances from the researchers about their work
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