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uncertain

[ uhn-sur-tn ]
/ ʌnˈsɜr tn /
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adjective
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Origin of uncertain

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at un-1, certain

synonym study for uncertain

1. Uncertain, insecure, precarious imply a lack of predictability. That which is uncertain is doubtful or problematical; it often involves danger through an inability to predict or to place confidence in the unknown: The time of his arrival is uncertain. That which is insecure is not firm, stable, reliable, or safe, and hence is likely to give way, fail, or be overcome: an insecure foundation, footing, protection. Precarious suggests great susceptibility to failure, or exposure to imminent danger: a precarious means of existence.

OTHER WORDS FROM uncertain

un·cer·tain·ly, adverbun·cer·tain·ness, noun
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How to use uncertain in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for uncertain

uncertain
/ (ʌnˈsɜːtən) /

adjective
not able to be accurately known or predictedthe issue is uncertain
(when postpositive, often foll by of) not sure or confident (about)a man of uncertain opinion
not precisely determined, established, or decideduncertain plans
not to be depended upon; unreliablean uncertain vote
liable to variation; changeablethe weather is uncertain
in no uncertain terms
  1. unambiguously
  2. forcefully

Derived forms of uncertain

uncertainly, adverbuncertainness, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with uncertain

uncertain

see in no uncertain terms.

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