noun (plural certainties)[mass noun]
- 1Firm conviction that something is the case: she knew with absolute certainty that they were deadMore example sentences
- This certainty that failure is the only outcome has been most pronounced among Labour politicians.
- He says this with such certainty that one might conclude he was a painter of solutions, that his art was one of formulas and rousing public appeals.
- However, we shall need to wait for a longer time series to conclude with certainty that the Canadian urban system is indeed heading to a new equilibrium.
- 1.1The quality of being reliably true: there is a bewildering lack of certainty and clarity in the lawMore example sentences
- Others on the committee signalled that they were unhappy with that lack of clarity and certainty in the legislation, and I do so again now.
- In Attachment Theory the affective component is the key in the lock to release theoretical certainty but the true affective experience is unknown.
- He said most complaints stemmed from the high-cost economy, lack of legal certainty, damaged infrastructure and security disturbances.
- 1.2A general air of confidence: a man exuding certaintyMore example sentences
- He has risen to this responsibility with a kind of certainty and confidence and determination and persistence.
- Americans today crave the confidence, certainty and reckless aplomb he exuded but are at the same time uneasily aware that his approach would be inappropriate now.
- It was so vague, nothing like the General's usual certainty.
- 1.3 [count noun] A fact that is definitely true or an event that is definitely going to take place: the passing of the act made a general election a certaintyMore example sentences
- The element of knowledge is an actual awareness but is not the knowledge of an existing fact or an inevitable certainty.
- I think that a Toronto signing/reading/event is almost a certainty, but of what kind and nature I don't yet know.
- It would seem a certainty given the recent events north and south of the Border.
- 1.4 [count noun] A person that is certain to do or win the specified thing: he was expected to be a certainty for a gold medalMore example sentences
- At one stage, the quick-witted Kenmare contestant looked a certainty to be kicked off the island as he battled with rivals from the opposing team as well as one of his own team players.
- Gardener is a virtual certainty for selection in the British team for the clash with Russia, Sweden and France in the New Year.
- David was a Scottish hero, the world champion cyclist who looked to be a certainty for an Olympic gold medal.
for a certainty
- Beyond the possibility of doubt: he knew they would come again for a certaintyMore example sentences
- It was possibly two years off; but no one could know this, not for a certainty, and not even for a probability.
- On numerous occasions the diarist vented his frustration with passages like, ‘Without [Churchill] England was lost for a certainty, with him England has been on the verge of disaster time and time again.’
- If you are absolutely convinced of Sarah's truthfulness - and you have no reason not to be - you do not know, for a certainty, that John committed the assault.
Middle English: from Old French certainete, from certain (see certain).