Definitions for uncertainʌnˈsɜr tn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•cer•tainʌnˈsɜr tn(adj.)

  1. not known precisely; not fixed, as in time of occurrence, number, or size.

  2. not confident or assured; hesitant.

  3. not clearly determined; unknown:

    a manuscript of uncertain origin.

  4. vague or indistinct.

  5. variable; unstable.

  6. unreliable.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. uncertain, unsure, incertain(adj)

    lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance

    "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"

  2. uncertain(adj)

    not established beyond doubt; still undecided or unknown

    "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"

  3. unsealed, uncertain(adj)

    not established or confirmed

    "his doom is as yet unsealed"

  4. uncertain(adj)

    not certain to occur; not inevitable

    "everything is uncertain about the army"; "the issue is uncertain"

  5. changeable, uncertain, unsettled(adj)

    subject to change

    "a changeable climate"; "the weather is uncertain"; "unsettled weather with rain and hail and sunshine coming one right after the other"

  6. uncertain(adj)

    not consistent or dependable

    "an uncertain recollection of events"; "a gun with a rather uncertain trigger"

  7. uncertain(adj)

    ambiguous (especially in the negative)

    "she spoke in no uncertain terms"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. uncertain(adjective)ʌnˈsɜr tn

    ≠ certain

    I'm uncertain about what to do next.; He was feeling uncertain and worried.

  2. uncertainʌnˈsɜr tn

    ≠ certain

    The future of the club is uncertain.

  3. uncertainʌnˈsɜr tn

    not confident

    "I can try," he said with an uncertain smile.; "I don't think so," she replied uncertainly.


  1. uncertain(Adjective)

    not known for certain; questionable

  2. uncertain(Adjective)

    not yet determined; undecided

  3. uncertain(Adjective)

    variable and subject to change

  4. uncertain(Adjective)

    fitful or unsteady

  5. uncertain(Adjective)

    unpredictable or capricious

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uncertain(adj)

    not certain; not having certain knowledge; not assured in mind; distrustful

  2. Uncertain(adj)

    irresolute; inconsonant; variable; untrustworthy; as, an uncertain person; an uncertain breeze

  3. Uncertain(adj)

    questionable; equivocal; indefinite; problematical

  4. Uncertain(adj)

    not sure; liable to fall or err; fallible

  5. Uncertain(adj)

    to make uncertain


  1. Uncertain

    Uncertain is a city in Harrison County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 150.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'uncertain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4399

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'uncertain' in Adjectives Frequency: #600

Anagrams of uncertain

  1. runcinate

  2. N Centauri

Translations for uncertain

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a person) not sure; not definitely knowing

I'm uncertain of my future plans; The government is uncertain what is the best thing to do.

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