What does uncertainty mean?

Definitions for uncertainty
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

How to pronounce uncertainty?

  1. Alex
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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. Art Hogan:

    If you inject uncertainty during back-to-school and holiday shopping, that will have a drag on the economy.

  2. Stephen Ciccarella:

    Tariff uncertainty could cause businesses to cut capital expenditures and production.

  3. Peter Tuz:

    It's kind of the cry-wolf syndrome, i think people fear the tariffs and the uncertainty about it, but think, 'OK, this is just another negotiating point.'.

  4. Puerto Rico:

    Recognizing the various challenges, we wanted to have an independent effort and voice that would minimize the uncertainty regarding the excessive amount of deaths. At the end of the process, I evaluated the process in which this independent group of scientists conducted this analysis and at the end I decided to use the final number as the official number. I trust that this process was conducted adequately.

  5. Todd Rosenbluth:

    Ironically, when U.S. equity and international equity mutual funds could have benefited from additional cash as the market sold off, investors became nervous and forced redemptions, the unknown Brexit impact has caused investor uncertainty and while the U.S. equity market recovered, clarity remains limited.

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