moral certainty


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Noun1.moral certainty - certainty based on an inner conviction; "she believed in the importance of moral absolutes and moral certainty"; "the prosecutor had a moral certainty that the prisoner was guilty"
sure thing, certainty, foregone conclusion - something that is certain; "his victory is a certainty"
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NOW we're on the homestretch, to a dead moral certainty.
Enlighten me with your moral certainty (as you call it)--and you shall see
The barrister was keen enough to divine that the banker would not have gone so far in his expression of opinion on any less solid ground than moral certainty.
If Latin monks and Arabs cried, I know to a moral certainty that the horses cried also, and so the picture is complete.
It's a moral certainty that if he hadn't met you he would have left all his money to a Home for Superannuated Caddies or a Fund for Supplying the Deserving Poor with Niblicks.
The weather continuing obstinately and almost unprecedentedly bad, we usually straggled into this cabin, more or less faint and miserable, about an hour before noon, and lay down on the sofas to recover; during which interval, the captain would look in to communicate the state of the wind, the moral certainty of its changing to-morrow (the weather is always going to improve to- morrow, at sea), the vessel's rate of sailing, and so forth.
A formidable figure in Act 1, self-contained, morally secure, she brings enormous emotional power to the defining Act 2 duologues with Jenufa, Steva and Laca, riding the great orchestral climaxes with vocal authority even as the character's moral certainty slips agonisingly away.
This moral certainty powered his speech Wednesday at American University, Washington, chosen as a venue to evoke President John F.
No such moral certainty exists for the allied soldiers in Afghanistan in Andrew O'Hagan's subtly styled and very readable new novel.
The once wayward Kyle finds his true calling in the Navy, and he heads to Iraq with a moral certainty that no amount of time served or kills will shake.
3) Rather than explore the content of Kant's rational faith, in this paper I will attempt to clarify the form this religious disposition takes by clarifying the nature of conviction and moral certainty and show why Kant thinks that solid conviction in divine providence is indivisible from a sincere character.
Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn, which threatens to tear apart the community, with irrevocable consequences.