What is the meaning of uncertain?


  • Lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance.
    • usage: "uncertain of his convictions"; "unsure of himself and his future"; "moving with uncertain (or unsure) steps"; "an uncertain smile"; "touched the ornaments with uncertain fingers"
  • Not established beyond doubt; still undecided or unknown.
    • usage: "an uncertain future"; "a manuscript of uncertain origin"; "plans are still uncertain"; "changes of great if uncertain consequences"; "without further evidence his story must remain uncertain"
  • Not established or confirmed.
    • usage: "his doom is as yet unsealed"
  • Not certain to occur; not inevitable.
    • usage: "everything is uncertain about the army"; "the issue is uncertain"
  • Subject to change.
    • usage: "a changeable climate"; "the weather is uncertain"; "unsettled weather with rain and hail and sunshine coming one right after the other"
  • Not consistent or dependable.
    • usage: "an uncertain recollection of events"; "a gun with a rather uncertain trigger"
  • Ambiguous (especially in the negative. )
    • usage: "she spoke in no uncertain terms"
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APAWordNet. (2010). uncertain. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/uncertain/definitions/1186202
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "uncertain" http://smartdefine.org/uncertain/definitions/1186202 (accessed January 18, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, uncertain, Smart Define, viewed 18 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/uncertain/definitions/1186202>.
MLAWordNet. "uncertain" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/uncertain/definitions/1186202>
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