HyperDic: uncertain

English > 7 senses of the word uncertain:
ADJECTIVEalluncertain, unsure, incertainlacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance
alluncertainnot established beyond doubt
alluncertain, unsealednot established or confirmed
alluncertainnot certain to occur
alluncertain, changeable, unsettledsubject to change
alluncertainnot consistent or dependable
alluncertainambiguous (especially in the negative)
uncertain > pronunciation
Soundsahnser'tahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > uncertain: 7 senses > adjective 1
Meaninglacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance.
Examples
  • "uncertain of his convictions"
  • "moving with uncertain (or unsure) steps"
  • "an uncertain smile"
  • "touched the ornaments with uncertain fingers"
Synonymsunsure, incertain
Attribute ofassurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, surenessfreedom from doubt
certaintyThe state of being certain
Narrowerambivalentuncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
doubtful, dubiousfraught with uncertainty or doubt
gropingActing with uncertainty or hesitance or lack of confidence
Oppositecertain, sureHaving or feeling no doubt or uncertainty
Spanishdudoso, indeciso, inseguro
Catalandubtós, indecís, insegur
Nounsuncertainnessbeing unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance
Adverbsuncertainlyshowing lack of certainty
uncertainlyin an unsteady manner
English > uncertain: 7 senses > adjective 2
Meaningnot established beyond doubt; still undecided or unknown.
Examples
  • "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"
Attribute ofcertainty, sure thing, foregone conclusionSomething that is certain
Narrowerindefinitenot decided or not known
up in the airVery uncertain
See alsoindeterminate, undeterminednot precisely determined or established
OppositecertainEstablished beyond doubt or question
Spanishincierto, indefinido
Catalanincert
Nounsuncertainnessbeing unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance
English > uncertain: 7 senses > adjective 3
Meaningnot established or confirmed.
Synonymunsealed
Oppositesealed, certainEstablished irrevocably
Spanishincierto, indeterminado
Nounsuncertainnessbeing unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance
English > uncertain: 7 senses > adjective 4
Meaningnot certain to occur; not inevitable.
Examples
  • "everything is uncertain about the army"
  • "the issue is uncertain"
Narrowerchancy, fluky, flukey, iffysubject to accident or chance or change
contingentuncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances
up in the airnot yet determined
See alsounpredictablenot capable of being foretold
Oppositecertain, sureCertain to occur
Spanishincierto
Catalanincert
Nounsuncertainnessbeing unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance
English > uncertain: 7 senses > adjective 5
Meaningsubject to change.
Example "the weather is uncertain"
Synonymschangeable, unsettled
Broadervariableliable to or capable of change
Spanishinestable, variable
Catalaninestable, variable
English > uncertain: 7 senses > adjective 6
Meaningnot consistent or dependable.
Examples
  • "an uncertain recollection of events"
  • "a gun with a rather uncertain trigger"
Broaderunreliable, undependablenot worthy of reliance or trust
Nounsuncertainnessbeing unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance
English > uncertain: 7 senses > adjective 7
Meaningambiguous (especially in the negative).
Example"she spoke in no uncertain terms"
BroaderambiguousHaving more than one possible meaning / meaning

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