Definition of incertitude in English:



mass noun
  • A state of uncertainty or hesitation.

    ‘some schools broke down under the stresses of policy incertitude’
    • ‘Since every decision that is made comes with a bit of incertitude, statistics guides one in making proper preferences.’
    • ‘While Pinter the playwright may extol existential ambiguity and incertitude, Pinter the activist and dissenter has no such anxiety.’
    • ‘However much we may be cognizant of the vagaries and the incertitudes of its testimony, it continues to afford us a disconcerting awareness that the past is different from the present.’
    • ‘Women directors admit vulnerabilities, but sometimes their openness to suggestion is mistaken for incertitude.’
    • ‘The struggle and incertitude do not put out the light in those who are driven by their own passion for the arts.’
    indecisiveness, indecision, irresoluteness, lack of resolution, hesitancy, hesitation, tentativeness
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Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin incertitudo, from in- (expressing negation) + certitudo (see certitude).