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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Peradventure she will soon be fatigated with her journey, and will tarry in some inn, in order to renovate her corporeal functions; and in that case, in all moral certainty, you will very briefly be compos voti ."
NOW we're on the homestretch, to a dead moral certainty. How'll we manage?'
"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. Unprepared as he was for the large pill he had to swallow, he got it down.
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.
Overy then explores how the moral certainty of the Allies gave them the strongest motivation to win.
after a scrupulous examination of the claims and counterclaims, I have arrived at moral certainty that the charges are false and malicious ...
We shared the kind of moral certainty typical of people in their 20s--the age Bob Dylan once described to me simply as the time when "things matter." Our self-assurance was the gigantic gift that the '60s had bequeathed us.
The cops appear to march forward, and then in reverse, and the redundant action plays out against a sound track, borrowed from Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979), of Colonel Kurtz's soliloquy on killing without emotion but with moral certainty.
Stepping into the role that won Cherry Jones a Tony last year, Eileen Atkins makes a welcome return to Broadway, bringing unflinching severity, directness and thorny authority to "Doubt." Does John Patrick Shanley's tightly wound examination of moral certainty measure up to the exemplary original model with three out of four new cast members?