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Synonyms for uncertain
ʌnˈsɜr tnun·cer·tain

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. uncertain

    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.

    ambiguous, doubtful, dubious, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocal, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, obscure, perplexing, questionable, suspicious

    certain, clear, distinct, evident, indisputable, indubitable, lucid, manifest, obvious, perspicuous, plain, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable, unquestioned

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. uncertain

    doubtful, dubious, questionable, fitful, equivocal, ambiguous, indistinct, variable, fluctuating

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

    changeable, diffident, timid, shy, unsealed, unsure, unsettled, incertain

    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)

  2. uncertainadjective

    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"

    unsealed, incertain, unsettled, changeable, unsure

    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

  3. unsealed, uncertainadjective

    not established or confirmed

    "his doom is as yet unsealed"

    unsealed, incertain, unsettled, changeable, unsure

    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

  4. uncertainadjective

    not certain to occur; not inevitable

    "everything is uncertain about the army"; "the issue is uncertain"

    unsealed, incertain, unsettled, changeable, unsure

    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

  5. 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"

    changeable, mutable, shot, unsure, iridescent, changeful, chatoyant, unsealed, unsettled, incertain

    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

  6. uncertainadjective

    not consistent or dependable

    "an uncertain recollection of events"; "a gun with a rather uncertain trigger"

    unsealed, incertain, unsettled, changeable, unsure

    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

  7. uncertainadjective

    ambiguous (especially in the negative)

    "she spoke in no uncertain terms"

    unsealed, incertain, unsettled, changeable, unsure

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. uncertainadjective

    equivocal, doubtful, dubious, unsettled, indistinct, ambiguous, indefinite, questionable

  2. uncertainadjective

    unreliable, insecure, precarious, problematical

  3. uncertainadjective

    not sure, not confident

  4. uncertainadjective

    irregular, unpunctual, capricious, desultory, fitful, variable, changeable, mutable, slippery, shaky, not uniform

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. uncertainadjective

    distrustful, hesitating, dubious, precarious, problematical, insecure, equivocal, ambiguous, indefinite, irresolute, inconstant, fickle, variable, capricious, fallible

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How to use uncertain in a sentence?

  1. Red Cross spokeswoman Krislyn Yano:

    It’s an anomaly, everything is so uncertain.

  2. Lauren Blair Aronson:

    Sen. Cruz has been a leading advocate for school choice in the Senate GOP, throughout the pandemic, he has urged his colleagues to focus on solutions that will help get Americans safely back to work and our kids safely back into the classroom, including provisions of his Education Freedom Scholarship and Opportunity Act, which would give families the resources they need to ensure their children have access to a quality education in these uncertain times.

  3. Brooke McKeever:

    The speed at which [ these vaccines ] were developed is a concern for some people, and the fact that we don't have a history with this vaccine, people are going to be scared and uncertain about it, they might be more likely or prone to believing misinformation because of that.

  4. Chief Executive Shaun Thaxter:

    The outlook for 2015 is very uncertain as to the timing, extent and impact of tablet price erosion.

  5. Rasmus Skand:

    That( share reaction) is a bit short-sighted. This year will be strong but the following years are uncertain. We don't know what will happen to the U.S. tax break, and reference margins will be under pressure.

Translations for uncertain

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  • incertCatalan, Valencian
  • nejistýCzech
  • ungewiss, unsicher, unbeständig, unbestimmtGerman
  • necertaEsperanto
  • inciertoSpanish
  • epävarma, kyseenalainen, arvaamaton, epävakaaFinnish
  • incertainFrench
  • mì-chinnteachScottish Gaelic
  • bizonytalanHungarian
  • გაურკვეველიGeorgian
  • មិនប្រាកដប្រជាKhmer
  • 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
  • நிச்சயமற்றதுTamil

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