- the state of being uncertain; doubt; hesitancy: His uncertainty gave impetus to his inquiry.
- an instance of uncertainty, doubt, etc.
- unpredictability; indeterminacy; indefiniteness.
Origin of uncertainty
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1. hesitation, irresolution, indecision, ambivalence.
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Examples from the Web for uncertainty
New York blinks in the face of uncertainty and bans hydraulic fracturing.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
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But for me, this admittance of uncertainty and doubts grounds Serial in reality.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
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His Canon camera dangled by his side and the feeling of uncertainty over what he could now report punctuated everything he said.Turkey Arrests Journalists in Crackdown
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Kundera sees fiction as a realm of many partial truths, its only certainty “the wisdom of uncertainty.”
If the certainty of the wisdom of uncertainty is itself uncertain, the force of the definition crumbles by logical standards.
The Street came decorously, albeit with a degree of uncertainty as to supper.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The child did not know what to say, but it was not natural to her to remain long in uncertainty.Rico and Wiseli
Then there had been the misery of terrible suspense, a wait of uncertainty.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
This uncertainty led to a most unfortunate precipitation on his part.Hetty's Strange History
There was something of uncertainty and remonstrance in her look; something that was not all satisfaction.Little Dorrit
- Also called: uncertainness the state or condition of being uncertain
- an uncertain matter, contingency, etc
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Word Origin and History for uncertainty
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