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Meaning & Definition of Uncertain in English

English

Uncertain

/ənsərtən/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • uncertain
  • ,
  • unsure
  • ,
  • incertain

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • uncertain

3. Not established or confirmed

  • "His doom is as yet unsealed"
    synonym:
  • unsealed
  • ,
  • uncertain

4. Not certain to occur

  • Not inevitable
  • "Everything is uncertain about the army"
  • "The issue is uncertain"
    synonym:
  • uncertain

5. Subject to change

  • "A changeable climate"
  • "The weather is uncertain"
  • "Unsettled weather with rain and hail and sunshine coming one right after the other"
    synonym:
  • changeable
  • ,
  • uncertain
  • ,
  • unsettled

6. Not consistent or dependable

  • "An uncertain recollection of events"
  • "A gun with a rather uncertain trigger"
    synonym:
  • uncertain

7. Ambiguous (especially in the negative)

  • "She spoke in no uncertain terms"
    synonym:
  • uncertain

Examples of using

In living through these uncertain times, it is necessary to be flexible and not be a captive to traditional values.
Philosophy teaches us to feel uncertain about the things that seem to us self-evident. Propaganda, on the other hand, teaches us to accept as self-evident matters about which it would be reasonable to suspend our judgment or to feel doubt.
I am uncertain whether this is a thing of value.