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uncertain Line breaks: un|cer¦tain
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈsəːt(ə)n/

Definition of uncertain in English:


1Not able to be relied on; not known or definite: an uncertain future
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  • They were released on bail following a public outcry but still faced an uncertain future.
  • However, the future still looks uncertain as he has no money for higher education.
  • Now the future is uncertain for the restored Victorian warehouse with floors the size of a football pitch.
unknown, undetermined, unsettled, unresolved, unsure, pending, in the balance, in limbo, up in the air, debatable, open to question, in doubt;
unreliable, untrustworthy, undependable, risky, chancy
informal dicey, hairy, iffy
British informal dodgy
1.1(Of a person) not completely confident or sure of something: I was uncertain how to proceed
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  • If people are uncertain as to who they are uniting against, they seem even less sure of what they are standing up for.
  • There were lots of times when people were very uncertain about the situation there.
  • Frances was uncertain how younger students would view her, but soon made her mark.


in no uncertain terms
Clearly and forcefully: she has already refused me, in no uncertain terms
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  • Grampian Police has a booklet on how to pass its tests in which it spells out the need for police officers to be fit in no uncertain terms.
  • That's how we started, in fact, making speeches laying out what we wanted in no uncertain terms.
  • That has meant telling trade groups and industry lobbies in no uncertain terms not to hire Democrats.


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈsəːt(ə)nli/
Example sentences
  • Extras glance uncertainly at the camera, and at one stage a bewigged gentleman, bent double, is seen scampering out of shot.
  • I ride into this particular battle mounted uncertainly on the fence.
  • The punch dropped the Scot to the canvas and when he rose to try to beat the count, he could only stumble uncertainly towards his corner.

Words that rhyme with uncertain

burton, curtain
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