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un- +‎ certain


  • IPA(key): /ʌnˈsɜːtən/
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  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)tən


uncertain (comparative more uncertain, superlative most uncertain)

  1. Not certain; unsure.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Tillotson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Man, without the protection of a superior Being, [] is uncertain of everything that he hopes for.
  2. Not known for certain; questionable.
    Tomorrow's weather is uncertain.
  3. Not yet determined; undecided.
  4. Variable and subject to change.
  5. Fitful or unsteady.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
      Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  6. Unpredictable or capricious.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Walter Scott and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      O woman! in our hours of ease, / Uncertain, coy, and hard to please!


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uncertain pl (plural only)

  1. (with "the") Something uncertain.