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un·cer·tain·ty

 (ŭn-sûr′tn-tē)
n. pl. un·cer·tain·ties
1. The condition of being uncertain; doubt.
2. Something uncertain: the uncertainties of modern life.
3. Statistics The estimated amount or percentage by which an estimated or calculated value may differ from the true value.
Synonyms: uncertainty, doubt, dubiety, skepticism
These nouns refer to the condition of being unsure about someone or something. Uncertainty, the least forceful, merely denotes a lack of assurance or conviction: I regarded my decision with growing uncertainty.
Doubt and dubiety imply a questioning state of mind: "Doubt is part of all religion" (Isaac Bashevis Singer)."He is ... earnest, his earnestness seasoned with the proper amount of dubiety and humor" (Joseph Epstein).
Skepticism generally suggests an instinctive or habitual tendency to question and demand proof: "A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic" (James Russell Lowell).

uncertainty

(ʌnˈsɜːtəntɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. Also called: uncertainness the state or condition of being uncertain
2. an uncertain matter, contingency, etc

un•cer•tain•ty

(ʌnˈsɜr tn ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being uncertain; doubt; hesitancy.
2. an instance of doubt or hesitancy.
3. unpredictability; indefiniteness.
[1350–1400]

Uncertainty

 

See Also: FATE

  1. Accidental as life —Lord Shaftesbury
  2. I am rather like a mosquito in a nudist camp; I know what I ought to do but I don’t know where to begin —Stephen Bayne

    Mr. Bayne’s comment was made in 1986 upon assuming a newly created job.

  3. Indecision is like the stepchild: if he doesn’t wash his hands, he is called

    dirty; if he does, he is wasting the water —Madagascan proverb Modern day psychologists have adopted this as a neurosis and labeled it a “double bind.”

  4. Indecision sent me forward and back, as if I were propelled by a piston in my back —Joan Hess
  5. Indecisive as a fellow who pulls back one leg as he moves forward with the other —Anon

    Probably inspired by this Arabic proverb: “He advances one leg and draws back the other.”

  6. Like children with a piece of ice … neither able to hold it nor willing to let it go —Plutarch
  7. Not quite sure of herself, like a new kitten in a house where they don’t care much about kittens —Raymond Chandler
  8. An obscure doubt brushed her, like a dove that wavers to a perch and is gone again without lighting —Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  9. (He’d become about as) predictable as a Chinese earthquake —Joseph Wambaugh
  10. Predictable as a Tijuana dog race —Joseph Wambaugh
  11. Swing [uncertainly] like a hammock in the breeze —Anon
  12. Tentative as first taste of hot soup —Anon
  13. Tentative as a schoolgirl —Richard Ford
  14. Uncertain as the glory of an April day —William Shakespeare
  15. Uncertain … like a golf ball hit by a new golfer, continually getting close to the hole-in-one, but only getting into it by a fluke —Anon
  16. Uncertainty … as vertiginous as a lift descending down a bottomless shaft —Graham Masterton
  17. Up in the air, like jugglers in a freeze-frame —John Updike
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.uncertainty - being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chanceuncertainty - being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance; "the uncertainty of the outcome"; "the precariousness of his income"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, question - uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something; "the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"
indefiniteness, indefinity, indeterminacy, indeterminateness, indetermination - the quality of being vague and poorly defined
unpredictability - lacking predictability
improbability, improbableness - the quality of being improbable; "impossibility should never be confused with improbability"; "the improbability of such rare coincidences"
fortuitousness - the quality of happening accidentally and by lucky chance
speculativeness - the quality of being a conclusion or opinion based on supposition and conjecture rather than on fact or investigation; "her work is highly contentious because of its speculativeness and lack of supporting evidence"
sure thing, certainty, foregone conclusion - something that is certain; "his victory is a certainty"
2.uncertainty - the state of being unsure of somethinguncertainty - the state of being unsure of something
cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes
arriere pensee, mental reservation, reservation - an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly
distrust, mistrust, suspicion, misgiving - doubt about someone's honesty
disbelief, incredulity, mental rejection, skepticism - doubt about the truth of something
indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution - doubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action; "his indecision was only momentary but the opportunity was lost"
peradventure - doubt or uncertainty as to whether something is the case; "this proves beyond peradventure that he is innocent"
suspense - an uncertain cognitive state; "the matter remained in suspense for several years"
certainty - the state of being certain; "his certainty reassured the others"

uncertainty

noun
2. doubt, confusion, dilemma, misgiving, qualm, bewilderment, quandary, puzzlement, perplexity, mystification The magazine ignores all the uncertainties males currently face.
doubt confidence, assurance, certainty, sureness
3. hesitancy, hesitation, indecision, lack of confidence, vagueness, irresolution There was a hint of uncertainty in his voice.
4. unsureness, doubt, scepticism, ambivalence, disquiet, indecision, vagueness, hesitancy, vacillation, lack of conviction, irresolution, dubiety, doubtfulness There is genuine uncertainty about the party's future plans.

uncertainty

noun
Translations
nejistota
uvished
epävarmuus
neizvjesnost
不確実
불확실
negotovost
osäkerhet
ความไม่แน่นอน
sự không chắc chắn

uncertainty

[ʌnˈsɜːtntɪ] N
1. (= doubt) → duda f, incertidumbre f
in view of this uncertainty or these uncertaintiesteniendo en cuenta estas dudas or este grado de incertidumbre
there is uncertainty about the number of woundedno se sabe con seguridad el número de heridos
stress is caused by uncertainty about the futureel estrés está causado por la incertidumbre or inseguridad sobre el futuro
2. (= indecision) → indecisión f
he heard the uncertainty in her voicenotó la indecisión en su voz

uncertainty

[ʌnˈsɜːrtənti] nincertitude f
a period of political uncertainty → une période d'incertitude politique

uncertainty

n (= state)Ungewissheit f; (= indefiniteness)Unbestimmtheit f; (= doubt)Zweifel m, → Unsicherheit f; in order to remove any uncertaintyum alle eventuellen Unklarheiten zu beseitigen; there is still some uncertainty as to whether …es besteht noch Ungewissheit, ob …

uncertainty

[ʌnˈsɜːtntɪ] n (of situation) → incertezza; (confusion) → dubbi mpl
the uncertainties of this life → le incognite della vita

uncertainty

عَدَمُ التَأَكُّد nejistota uvished Ungewissheit αβεβαιότητα incertidumbre epävarmuus incertitude neizvjesnost incertezza 不確実 불확실 onzekerheid usikkerhet niepewność incerteza неопределенность osäkerhet ความไม่แน่นอน belirsizlik sự không chắc chắn 无确定因素

uncertainty

n incertidumbre f
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I've had my share of uncertainty and you cannot blame me if I do not want to see the worst side of him reproduced in you.
I think that is good advice to follow," put in Tom, "for we do need our goods; and if we reached the settlement ourselves, we would have to send back for our things, with the uncertainty of getting them all.
Whatever may be the truth, as respects the root and the genius of the Indian tongues, it is quite certain they are now so distinct in their words as to possess most of the disadvantages of strange languages; hence much of the embarrassment that has arisen in learning their histories, and most of the uncertainty which exists in their traditions.
But if she were a long while absent he became pettish and nervously restless, pacing the room to and fro with the uncertainty that characterized all his movements; or else would sit broodingly in his great chair, resting his head on his hands, and evincing life only by an electric sparkle of ill-humor, whenever Hepzibah endeavored to arouse him.
As a matter of fact there was just a little uncertainty as to whether there was a single house left; for the agent had taken so many people to see them, and for all he knew the company might have parted with the last.
Presently she looked up and answered, with a rising inflection implying a shade of uncertainty,
It is said that when a pupil leaves the gymnasium, he not only has a comprehensive education, but he KNOWS what he knows--it is not befogged with uncertainty, it is burnt into him so that it will stay.
Here was treasure- hunting under the happiest auspices -- there would not be any bothersome uncertainty as to where to dig.
Just before Thanksgiving the affairs of the Simpsons reached what might have been called a crisis, even in their family, which had been born and reared in a state of adventurous poverty and perilous uncertainty.
shaking his head)the uncertainty of when I may be able to return
I heard voices, too, speaking with a hollow sound, and as if muffled by a rush of wind or water: agitation, uncertainty, and an all-predominating sense of terror confused my faculties.
I can bear anything but the uncertainty you leave me in at this moment.