One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A state of uncertainty or hesitation.‘some schools broke down under the stresses of policy incertitude’
indecisiveness, indecision, irresoluteness, lack of resolution, hesitancy, hesitation, tentativenessView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The struggle and incertitude do not put out the light in those who are driven by their own passion for the arts.’
- ‘While Pinter the playwright may extol existential ambiguity and incertitude, Pinter the activist and dissenter has no such anxiety.’
- ‘Since every decision that is made comes with a bit of incertitude, statistics guides one in making proper preferences.’
- ‘Women directors admit vulnerabilities, but sometimes their openness to suggestion is mistaken for incertitude.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin incertitudo, from in- (expressing negation) + certitudo (see certitude).
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