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uncertainty

[uhn-sur-tn-tee] /ʌnˈsɜr tn ti/
noun, plural uncertainties for 2.
1.
the state of being uncertain; doubt; hesitancy:
His uncertainty gave impetus to his inquiry.
2.
an instance of uncertainty, doubt, etc.
3.
unpredictability; indeterminacy; indefiniteness.
Origin of uncertainty
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English uncerteynte; see un-1, certainty
Synonyms
1. hesitation, irresolution, indecision, ambivalence.
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  • For two long days I was in uncertainty; at last Valetti appeared.

    The Severed Hand Wilhelm Hauff
  • The Street came decorously, albeit with a degree of uncertainty as to supper.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • On the whole, reflectively, she was in no uncertainty about the things that were wrong.

  • Then there had been the misery of terrible suspense, a wait of uncertainty.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Katharine looked round the room, conveying her uncertainty in her glance.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
British Dictionary definitions for uncertainty

uncertainty

/ʌnˈsɜːtəntɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
Also called uncertainness. the state or condition of being uncertain
2.
an uncertain matter, contingency, etc
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Word Origin and History for uncertainty
n.

late 14c., from uncertain + -ty.

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