[ in-sur-ti-tood, -tyood ]
See synonyms for incertitude on
  1. uncertainty or doubtfulness.

  2. 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

Words Nearby incertitude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use incertitude in a sentence

  • The object of this merciless retort stood for a second, in doubt as to its meaning, and then walked off, still in incertitude.

    Alone | Marion Harland
  • Perhaps no author has more playfully defended himself from the incertitude of criticism and the fastidiousness of critics.

  • With some incertitude the Vicomte d'Halluys watched the Jesuits.

    The Grey Cloak | Harold MacGrath
  • Of ready decision, he was never at a loss, and seldom surprised into even momentary incertitude.

    Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia | William Gilmore Simms
  • All things produced by our own meditation and understanding, whether true or false, are subject to incertitude and controversy.

    The Essays of Montaigne, Complete | Michel de Montaigne

British Dictionary definitions for incertitude


/ (ɪnˈsɜːtɪˌtjuːd) /

  1. uncertainty; doubt

  2. a state of mental or emotional insecurity

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