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ˈsɜr tn ticer·tain·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. certaintynoun

    the state of being certain

    "his certainty reassured the others"

  2. certainty, sure thing, foregone conclusionnoun

    something that is certain

    "his victory is a certainty"

Wiktionary

  1. certaintynoun

    The state of being certain.

    Etymology: certeynte, from certeinte, from certeinete, from *, from certus

  2. certaintynoun

    An instance of being certain.

    Etymology: certeynte, from certeinte, from certeinete, from *, from certus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Certaintynoun

    the quality, state, or condition, of being certain

    Etymology: [OF. certainet.]

  2. Certaintynoun

    a fact or truth unquestionable established

    Etymology: [OF. certainet.]

  3. Certaintynoun

    clearness; freedom from ambiguity; lucidity

    Etymology: [OF. certainet.]

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  1. Certainty

    Certainty is perfect knowledge that has total security from error, or the mental state of being without doubt. Objectively defined, certainty is total continuity and validity of all foundational inquiry, to the highest degree of precision. Something is certain only if no skepticism can occur. Philosophy seeks this state. It is widely held that certainty about the real world is a failed historical enterprise. This is in large part due to the power of David Hume's problem of induction. Physicist Carlo Rovelli adds that certainty, in real life, is useless or often damaging.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'certainty' in Nouns Frequency: #2273

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of certainty in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of certainty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of certainty in a Sentence

  1. Steve King:

    If the House votes for amnesty, then it will deflate the base, and they'll feel betrayed, and they'll stay home, and that we could lose the majority over that, and if that happens, then it's almost a certainty that Democrats would impeach President Trump.

  2. Minneapolis Public Schools:

    This decision was made because of the dangerously cold temperatures forecast with about 90 % certainty by the National Weather Service, while the temperature at the start of school tomorrow does not fall within our standard guideline for closing of -35 degrees, it quickly drops and is well past that by the end of the school day. All day Wednesday is within our guidelines. We are monitoring the forecast for Thursday and will notify families and staff of closures by late Wednesday afternoon.

  3. Nancy Pelosi:

    The wall -- kick that can down the road, and we still would like to have some more certainty in terms of the funding for the Affordable Care Act, but we're on a good path.

  4. Davide Farnocchia:

    The OSIRIS-REx data give us so much more precise information, we can test the limits of our models and calculate the future trajectory of Bennu to a very high degree of certainty through 2135, we've never modeled an asteroid's trajectory to this precision before.

  5. Mike Jones:

    This gives people certainty. They can start planning much earlier in the year rather than when Congress gets around to it.

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