certitude


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cer·ti·tude

 (sûr′tĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
n.
1. The state of being certain or convinced of something; complete assurance; confidence: Who can say with certitude how strong the economy will be next year?
2. Something that is assured or believed to be true: "serene certitudes instilled in me by my family and teachers" (Garry Wills).

[Middle English, from Late Latin certitūdō, from Latin certus, certain; see certain.]

certitude

(ˈsɜːtɪˌtjuːd)
n
confidence; certainty
[C15: from Church Latin certitūdō, from Latin certus certain]

cer•ti•tude

(ˈsɜr tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

n.
freedom from doubt, esp. in matters of faith or opinion; certainty.
[1375–1425; < Late Latin certitūdō < Latin certi-, comb. form of certus sure (see certain)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.certitude - total certainty or greater certainty than circumstances warrant
certainty - the state of being certain; "his certainty reassured the others"

certitude

noun certainty, confidence, conviction, assurance, sureness, positiveness I cannot say with any degree of certitude what will happen next.

certitude

noun
The fact or condition of being without doubt:
Translations

certitude

[ˈsɜːtɪtjuːd] Ncertidumbre f

certitude

[ˈsɜːrtɪtjuːd] ncertitude f

certitude

nGewissheit f, → Sicherheit f

certitude

[ˈsɜːtɪˌtjuːd] n (frm) → certezza, sicurezza
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Their coming could have been predicted with the same certitude that astronomers to-day predict the outcome of the movements of stars.
After this I inquired in general into what is essential I to the truth and certainty of a proposition; for since I had discovered one which I knew to be true, I thought that I must likewise be able to discover the ground of this certitude.
Some have felt that these blundering lives are due to the inconvenient indefiniteness with which the Supreme Power has fashioned the natures of women: if there were one level of feminine incompetence as strict as the ability to count three and no more, the social lot of women might be treated with scientific certitude.
In addition to the stiffening afforded his backbone by the conscious ownership of eleven millions, he possessed an enormous certitude.
From his calm-mad heights, with the certitude of a god, he beholds all life as evil.
With some difficulty, after many turnings and new inquiries, they reached Prison Street; and the grim walls of the jail, the first object that answered to any image in Silas's memory, cheered him with the certitude, which no assurance of the town's name had hitherto given him, that he was in his native place.
Doubtless Sylvia was not entirely suitable to me, and to marry her was to be faithless to that vision of the highest, that wonderful unknown woman of the apocalyptic moorland, whose face Sylvia had not even momentarily banished from my dreams, and whom, with an unaccountable certitude, I still believed to be the woman God had destined for me; but, all things considered, Sylvia was surely as pretty an answer to prayer as a man could reasonably hope for.
Some of the masters whose influence left a trace upon my character to this very day, combined a fierceness of conception with a certitude of execution upon the basis of just appreciation of means and ends which is the highest quality of the man of action.
But a voice behind me, the unmistakable voice of Wolf Larsen, strong with the invincible certitude of the man and mellow with appreciation of the words he was quoting, aroused me.
Vronsky's life was particularly happy in that he had a code of principles, which defined with unfailing certitude what he ought and what he ought not to do.
There were four of these steps, and she went up them, a step at a time, slowly, unwaveringly, and with so dogged certitude that it never entered my mind that her strength could fail her and let that hundred-weight sack fall from the lean and withered frame that wellnigh doubled under it.
He knew his friend had always plenty of money, and he knew also, with profound certitude, that his success would enable him to repay it.