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
    • Fisher Ames
      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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