uncertain, unsure, incertain(adj)
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, unsettled(adj)
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
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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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How to use uncertain in a sentence?
A bunch of people probably voted with their dollars and said, 'look, we’re uncertain, we’re just going to pull out and go to cash for part of our portfolio,'.
The issue of water availability (or the lack of it) has often been mentioned by researchers who work on Rapa Nui/Easter Island, when we started to examine the details of the hydrology, we began to notice that freshwater access and statue location were tightly linked together. It wasnt obvious when walking around--with the water emerging at the coast during low tide, one doesnt necessarily see obvious indications of water. File photo - Statues at Anakena Beach, Easter Island, Chile. (Photo by Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Places without ahu/moai showed no freshwater, he added. The pattern was striking and surprising in how consistent it was. Researchers had already identified groundwater discharge in coastal areas as a key factor in the statues placement on Easter Islands coast. In the latest stage of the research, experts examined how the availability of freshwater in certain areas was linked to the methods and means of building the statues. EASTER ISLANDS ANCIENT CIVILIZATION WAS NOT DESTROYED BY WARFARE, EXPERTS SAY Around 900 statues, or moai, are dotted around Easter Island. Circa 1955: Two ancient statues of uncertain origin on Easter Island, in the South Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Richard Harrington/Three Lions/Getty Images).
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.
We’ve seen willingness of all sides, including the Iranians, to talk seriously about sanctions relief restrictions and a pathway back into the JCPOA, but it is still uncertain as to whether this will culminate in a deal in Vienna.
They are quite high carbon sectors, they are rapidly growing, and the decarbonization pathway is more uncertain for them.
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- incertCatalan, Valencian
- unbestimmt, unbeständig, ungewiss, unsicherGerman
- arvaamaton, epävarma, kyseenalainen, epävakaaFinnish
- mì-chinnteachScottish Gaelic
- harapuka, taupetupetu, ngākauruaMāori
- niepewny, niezdecydowany, nieokreślonyPolish
- nestatornic, imprevizibil, nestabil, nesigur, nesiguri, indecis, instabil, variabil, imprevizibili, incert, nedecis, instabili, neregulat, inconstantRomanian
- непредсказу́емый, неуве́ренный, нестаби́льный, непостоя́нный, неопределённый, нея́сный, неусто́йчивый, изме́нчивыйRussian
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