certainty

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From Middle English certeynte (surety), from Anglo-Norman certeinte, from Old French certeinete, from Vulgar Latin *certānitās, from Latin certus.

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certainty (countable and uncountable, plural certainties)

  1. The state of being certain.
    Synonyms: certitude, sureness
    Antonyms: doubt, uncertainty
    • (Can we date this quote by Fisher Ames and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The certainty of punishment is the truest security against crimes.
  2. An instance of being certain.
  3. A fact or truth unquestionably established.
    Synonym: sure thing

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