noun, plural cer·tain·ties.
Origin of certainty
Examples from the Web for certainty
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 great danger to the economy is no longer uncertainty, but certainty.
I tell you with certainty that the Israelis care about the Palestinians far more than the Hamas or Fatah leadership does.
And the Christian voter—the certainty they have is that God is God of All.
He felt a certainty that even the few dollars he had honestly earned would now be stopped.The Happy End|Joseph Hergesheimer
That I believe to be the truth of the matter, so far as it may be ascertained, and the certainty of it grows apace.Defense of the Faith and the Saints (Volume 1 of 2)|B. H. Roberts
The migrant woodpecker whose cheery cackle assures us of the certainty of spring is rich in names that well befit him.In New England Fields and Woods|Rowland E. Robinson
"I would rather give more for a certainty, if I made only a small profit on it," he said, looking at his brother.Eve and David|Honore de Balzac
Dear Sir,—I have delayed writing till I could write with certainty on the point we had under discussion when we last parted.The Life of Albert Gallatin|Henry Adams
British Dictionary definitions for certainty
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for certainty
c.1300, certeynte, "surety, pledge," from Anglo-French certeinté (late 13c.), Old French certainete "certainty," from Latin or Vulgar Latin *certanitatem (source of Old Spanish certanedad); see certain. Meaning "that which is certain" is attested from early 14c.; meaning "quality of being certain" is from mid-14c.