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]
2 the quality of being steady and unfailing; "sureness of hand"
- The property of being sure, certainty.
- His sureness was born of having looked it up in a reputable reference book.
- The property of being sure, deft, confident of ability.
- The surgeon's sureness was the result of long study in school and long practice in the operating room, never did he hesitate and never was there a mis-move.
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