Synonyms for uncertain
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Equivocal (Latin equus, equal, and vox, voice, word) denotes that which may equally well be understood in either of two or more ways. Ambiguous (Latin ambi, around, and ago, drive, lead) signifies lacking in distinctness or certainty, obscure or doubtful through indefiniteness of expression. Ambiguous is applied only to spoken or written statements; equivocal has other applications. A statement is ambiguous when it leaves the mind of the reader or hearer to fluctuate between two meanings, which would fit the language equally well; it is equivocal when it would naturally be understood in one way, but is capable of a different interpretation; an equivocal expression is, as a rule, intentionally deceptive, while an ambiguous utterance may be simply the result of a want either of clear thought or of adequate expression. That which is enigmatical must be guessed like a riddle; a statement may be purposely made enigmatical in order to provoke thought and study. That is doubtful which is fairly open to doubt; that is dubious which has become the subject of doubts so grave as scarcely to fall short of condemnation; as, a dubious reputation. Questionable may be used nearly in the sense either of dubious or of doubtful; a questionable statement is one that must be proved before it can be accepted. To say that one's honesty is questionable is a mild way of saying that in the opinion of the speaker he is likely to prove dishonest. Equivocal is sometimes, tho more rarely, used in this sense. A suspicious character gives manifest reason to be suspected; a suspicious temper is inclined to suspect the motives and intentions of others, with or without reason. Compare CLEAR.
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uncertain, unsure, incertainadjective
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"
destined, predestinate, doomed, certain, sure, indisputable, reliable, dependable, invariable, fated, confident(p), foreordained, unambiguous, certain(p), convinced(p), positive(p), sure as shooting, definite, in for(p), predestined, bound(p)
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"
confident(p), foreordained, reliable, destined, convinced(p), in for(p), indisputable, dependable, positive(p), unambiguous, doomed, definite, sure as shooting, bound(p), sure, certain, fated, predestined, invariable, certain(p), predestinate
not established or confirmed
"his doom is as yet unsealed"
predestinate, dependable, confident(p), sure as shooting, reliable, in for(p), certain, bound(p), fated, doomed, certain(p), invariable, foreordained, predestined, definite, positive(p), unambiguous, sure, indisputable, convinced(p), destined
not certain to occur; not inevitable
"everything is uncertain about the army"; "the issue is uncertain"
in for(p), invariable, certain(p), positive(p), sure, destined, bound(p), fated, unambiguous, dependable, predestinate, doomed, predestined, definite, convinced(p), reliable, confident(p), sure as shooting, indisputable, certain, foreordained
changeable, uncertain, unsettledadjective
subject to change
"a changeable climate"; "the weather is uncertain"; "unsettled weather with rain and hail and sunshine coming one right after the other"
reliable, fated, sure, dependable, certain(p), predestined, in for(p), certain, sure as shooting, positive(p), destined, unambiguous, convinced(p), indisputable, bound(p), confident(p), doomed, predestinate, invariable, definite, foreordained
not consistent or dependable
"an uncertain recollection of events"; "a gun with a rather uncertain trigger"
predestinate, dependable, reliable, convinced(p), foreordained, definite, doomed, confident(p), fated, sure, positive(p), destined, bound(p), in for(p), invariable, unambiguous, indisputable, predestined, certain(p), certain, sure as shooting
ambiguous (especially in the negative)
"she spoke in no uncertain terms"
sure as shooting, predestined, convinced(p), indisputable, in for(p), dependable, predestinate, positive(p), invariable, confident(p), doomed, sure, definite, certain(p), reliable, bound(p), destined, certain, unambiguous, foreordained, fated
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The outlook for 2015 is very uncertain as to the timing, extent and impact of tablet price erosion.
The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted thence proceeds mawkishness.
But in the strange and uncertain times that we are in -- and they are strange, and they are uncertain, with each day's news cycles bringing more head spinning and disturbing headlines -- I thought maybe it would be useful to step back for a moment and try to get some perspective, so I hope you'll indulge me.
The movie ended in my original script with Red on the bus going off to this uncertain and hopeful future, which is how the novella ends, but the folks at (production company) Castle Rock thought after putting the audience through two-plus hours of hell, we might owe them a union at the end.
Brown's precise speed in attempting to flee and striking( a deputy) is uncertain. But that he drove recklessly and endangered the officers is not uncertain.
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- incertCatalan, Valencian
- ungewiss, unsicher, unbeständig, unbestimmtGerman
- epävarma, kyseenalainen, arvaamaton, epävakaaFinnish
- mì-chinnteachScottish Gaelic
- harapuka, ngākaurua, taupetupetuMāori
- nieokreślony, niezdecydowany, niepewnyPolish
- incert, nedecis, neregulat, nestatornic, instabili, inconstant, imprevizibili, variabil, imprevizibil, instabil, indecis, nesiguri, nesigur, nestabilRomanian
- непостоя́нный, изме́нчивый, неусто́йчивый, непредсказу́емый, неуве́ренный, нея́сный, неопределённый, нестаби́льныйRussian
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