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ʌnˈsɜr tn tiun·cer·tain·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. uncertainty, uncertainness, precariousnessnoun

    being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance

    "the uncertainty of the outcome"; "the precariousness of his income"

  2. doubt, uncertainty, incertitude, dubiety, doubtfulness, dubiousnessnoun

    the state of being unsure of something


  1. uncertaintynoun

    doubt; the condition of being uncertain or without conviction.

  2. uncertaintynoun

    Something uncertain or ambiguous.

  3. uncertaintynoun

    A parameter that measures the dispersion of a range of measured values.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uncertaintynoun

    the quality or state of being uncertain

  2. Uncertaintynoun

    that which is uncertain; something unknown


  1. Uncertainty

    Uncertainty is a term used in subtly different ways in a number of fields, including physics, philosophy, statistics, economics, finance, insurance, psychology, sociology, engineering, and information science. It applies to predictions of future events, to physical measurements that are already made, or to the unknown.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Uncertainty

    The condition in which reasonable knowledge regarding risks, benefits, or the future is not available.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'uncertainty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4149

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'uncertainty' in Nouns Frequency: #1514

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of uncertainty in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of uncertainty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of uncertainty in a Sentence

  1. Adam Daubney:

    The area between Grantham and Boston was a zone of intense conflict between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists in the early years of the war, so we can think of the Ewerby hoard as being from the ‘front-line,’ the hoard tells us about the uncertainty and fear that must have been felt at the time, but quite why it was buried – and by whom – is impossible to say.

  2. Shi Yinhong:

    If the summit is canceled, China is the one that faces great increase of uncertainty.

  3. Economist Andrzej Szczepaniak at Barclays:

    As the impact from the referendum result sets in, and already elevated levels of uncertainty spiral higher as the UK's post-exit relationship with the EU and the rest of the world remains unclear in the near term, confidence levels are likely to fall further.

  4. Soren Schroder:

    We can argue that it is the uncertainty of the last 7-8 years that will make it very difficult to get that expansion, the industry is very fragile... It needs a period of stability to meet that expansion.

  5. Maurice Levy:

    There is a lot of uncertainty, companies have cash to spend but are not in the mood to do so, and consumers are not feeling confident either.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. usurious
    • B. pecuniary
    • C. motile
    • D. lank

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