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Meaning & Definition of Uncertain in English





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"
  • 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"
  • uncertain

3. Not established or confirmed

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

4. Not certain to occur

  • Not inevitable
  • "Everything is uncertain about the army"
  • "The issue is uncertain"
  • 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"
  • changeable,
  • uncertain,
  • unsettled

6. Not consistent or dependable

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

7. Ambiguous (especially in the negative)

  • "She spoke in no uncertain terms"
  • uncertain

Examples of using

It's bad, the mist has risen, it's uncertain if we can land.
It is uncertain whether he will agree or not.
I am uncertain when he will come next.