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[in-sur-ti-tood, -tyood] /ɪnˈsɜr tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
uncertainty or doubtfulness.
instability or insecurity:
The incertitude of his position in life caused him to postpone marriage.
Origin of incertitude
From the Late Latin word incertitūdō, dating back to 1595-1605. See in-3, certitude Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Her incertitude was great: she felt truly that in spite of past services her future fate depended upon her choice.

    Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • In his incertitude of the ground on which he stood Razumov felt perturbed.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • His parents were already there living in sorrow, incertitude, and apprehension.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • Her brain was nearly wearied out with incertitude and perplexity.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat Mrs. Henry Wood
  • This state of incertitude had the most fatal effect, not only upon the fortunes, but upon the moral condition of the settlers.

    The Bushman Edward Wilson Landor
  • On this scene of incertitude and disturbance the day began to break.

    Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3) Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
  • There was no incertitude as to facts—as to the one material fact, I mean.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Jeffard said it with eyes downcast, but there was no incertitude in the words.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • She slid her hand into the curve of his elbow, her incertitude vanishing behind the filmy cloud of a smile.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • Moreover there must be a spice of incertitude about the transaction.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
British Dictionary definitions for incertitude


uncertainty; doubt
a state of mental or emotional insecurity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for incertitude

mid-15c., "variability," from Middle French incertitude (14c.), from Late Latin incertitudinem (nominative incertitudo); see certitude. Incertain "uncertain" and incertainty "uncertainty" also were living words in Middle English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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