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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.
Origin of uncertainty
1350-1400; Middle English uncerteynte; see un-1, certainty
1. hesitation, irresolution, indecision, ambivalence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for uncertainty
  • There is little doubt that the eruptions happened, but there is uncertainty that they occurred before the extinctions.
  • There used to be a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt surrounding the performance impact of collisions.
  • The uncertainty surrounding climate change argues for action, not inaction.
  • Our second uncertainty might seem at first blush an outcome of the first.
  • Teleportation was long considered impossible because it violates the so-called uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics.
  • My own field of research, the quest for a unified theory, is no stranger to uncertainty.
  • Ideas shouldn't be dumped because they bring uncertainty or discomfort.
  • All of this has contributed to an atmosphere of some uncertainty.
  • Knowing where to sit in the cafeteria became routine, and it no longer filled me with uncertainty.
  • Notice that the data for the left hand is much more spread out and thus has a larger uncertainty.
British Dictionary definitions for uncertainty


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 uncertainty

late 14c., from uncertain + -ty.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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