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un- +‎ certain



uncertain ‎(comparative more uncertain, superlative most uncertain)

  1. Not certain; unsure.
    • John Tillotson (1630-1694)
      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, Nobody, chapter III:
      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.
    • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
      O woman! in our hours of ease, / Uncertain, coy, and hard to please!



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