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Definition 1: not established beyond doubt; still undecided or unknown - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where uncertain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(uncertain is similar to ...) not decided or not known

"were indefinite about their plans" "plans are indefinite"

(uncertain is similar to ...) very uncertain

"left everything up in the air"

(means also ...) not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance

"of indeterminate age" "a zillion is a large indeterminate number" "an indeterminate point of law" "the influence of environment is indeterminate" "an indeterminate future"

(... are attributes of uncertain) something that is certain

"his victory is a certainty"

Definition 2: lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where uncertain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for uncertain in the sense of this definition

(uncertain is similar to ...) uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

"was ambivalent about having children"

(uncertain is similar to ...) fraught with uncertainty or doubt

"they were doubtful that the cord would hold" "it was doubtful whether she would be admitted" "dubious about agreeing to go"

(uncertain is similar to ...) acting with uncertainty or hesitance or lack of confidence

"a groping effort to understand"

(... are attributes of uncertain) the state of being certain

"his certainty reassured the others"

(... are attributes of uncertain) freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

"his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular" "after that failure he lost his confidence" "she spoke with authority"

Definition 3: not certain to occur; not inevitable - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where uncertain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • everything is uncertain about the army
  • the issue is uncertain

(uncertain is similar to ...) subject to accident or chance or change

"a chancy appeal at best" "getting that job was definitely fluky" "a fluky wind" "an iffy proposition"

(uncertain is similar to ...) uncertain because of uncontrollable circumstances

"the results of confession were not contingent, they were certain"

(uncertain is similar to ...) not yet determined

"plans are still up in the air"

(means also ...) not capable of being foretold

Definition 4: not established or confirmed - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where uncertain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his doom is as yet unsealed

Synonyms for uncertain in the sense of this definition

Definition 5: ambiguous (especially in the negative) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where uncertain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she spoke in no uncertain terms

(uncertain is similar to ...) having more than one possible meaning

"ambiguous words" "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"

Definition 6: not consistent or dependable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where uncertain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an uncertain recollection of events
  • a gun with a rather uncertain trigger

(uncertain is similar to ...) not worthy of reliance or trust

"in the early 1950s computers were large and expensive and unreliable" "an undependable assistant"

Definition 7: subject to change - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where uncertain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a changeable climate
  • the weather is uncertain
  • unsettled weather with rain and hail and sunshine coming one right after the other

Synonyms for uncertain in the sense of this definition

(uncertain is similar to ...) liable to or capable of change

"rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable" "variable winds" "variable expenses"

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