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[uhn-sur-tn-tee] /ʌnˈsɜr tn ti/
noun, plural uncertainties 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.
1350-1400; Middle English uncerteynte; see un-1, certainty
1. hesitation, irresolution, indecision, ambivalence. Unabridged
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  • But the data also shows something that may be much more important, though there are some considerable uncertainties involved.
  • So you might want to allow for this variation, account for your uncertainties and then evaluate your risk within that context.
  • To do this, it will be best to report the uncertainties.
  • But the success papers over the uncertainties that remain.
  • Modern physics, with its paradoxes and uncertainties, emerged from the study of the interaction of matter and light.
  • Their messages chart the ebb and flow of war and bring back the uncertainties of the time with almost unbearable intensity.
  • Allow me to suggest, if the uncertainties didn't matter there should be no reason to make mention of them.
  • These are only a few of the many eerie uncertainties about the accident.
  • Of course there are many uncertainties in coming to that decision.
  • Yet the consistency among the three compilations masks large uncertainties in the raw data on which they are based.
British Dictionary definitions for uncertainties


noun (pl) -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 uncertainties



late 14c., from uncertain + -ty.

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