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Certain features of its history suggest why this may be the case.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
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Unlike the Soviet Union at a certain period in history, the Russian economy does not hold a candle to that of the United States.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
I believe in the power of institutions—Congress, public policy, certain ideas about politics—that last for a long time.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
And a certain presumed presidential candidate needs to be doing it, too.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It
December 31, 2014
Canned drinks like Mercy contain up 5,000 percent of the daily value of certain vitamins.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
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Youth is prone to endow its opinions with all the dignity of certain knowledge.
Certain faculties develop in response to the pressure of environment.
But its prisoners were not exempt from its heat, like certain holy ones of old.
After all, there are certain things that you can't tell in too few words.
So certain was he as to the exact locality, that he offered to conduct a party to the place.Explorations in Australia
- known but not specified or namedcertain people may doubt this
- (as pronoun; functioning as plural)certain of the members have not paid their subscriptions
Word Origin for certain
c.1300, "determined, fixed," from Old French certain "reliable, sure, assured" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *certanus, from Latin certus "sure, fixed, settled, determined" (also source of Italian certo, Spanish cierto), originally a variant past participle of cernere "to distinguish, decide," literally "to sift, separate" (see crisis).
Of persons, "full of confidence in one's knowledge or judgment," from mid-14c. Euphemistic use (of a certain age, etc.) attested from mid-18c. Certainer, certainest were common to c.1750, but have fallen from proper use for some reason. Expression for certain "assuredly" is attested by early 14c.
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