[ sur-ti-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈsɜr tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /


freedom from doubt, especially in matters of faith or opinion; certainty.

Origin of certitude

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin certitūdō, equivalent to Latin certi- (combining form of certus sure; see certain) + -tūdō -tude
Related formsnon·cer·ti·tude, nounun·cer·ti·tude, noun
Can be confusedcertainty certitude
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British Dictionary definitions for certitude


/ (ˈsɜːtɪˌtjuːd) /


confidence; certainty

Word Origin for certitude

C15: from Church Latin certitūdō, from Latin certus certain
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Word Origin and History for certitude



early 15c., from Middle French certitude "certainty" (16c.), from Late Latin certitudinem (nominative certitudo) "that which is certain," from Latin certus "sure, certain" (see certain).

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