uncertainty

[uhn-sur-tn-tee]

noun, plural un·cer·tain·ties for 2.

the state of being uncertain; doubt; hesitancy: His uncertainty gave impetus to his inquiry.
an instance of uncertainty, doubt, etc.
unpredictability; indeterminacy; indefiniteness.

Nearby words

  1. unceasingly,
  2. uncensored,
  3. unceremonious,
  4. unceremoniously,
  5. uncertain,
  6. uncertainty principle,
  7. uncertificated share,
  8. unchain,
  9. unchallenged,
  10. unchancy

Origin of uncertainty

1350–1400; Middle English uncerteynte; see un-1, certainty

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British Dictionary definitions for uncertainty

uncertainty

noun plural -ties

Also called: uncertainness the state or condition of being uncertain
an uncertain matter, contingency, etc
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Word Origin and History for uncertainty

uncertainty

n.

late 14c., from uncertain + -ty.

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