Definition of uncertain in English:

uncertain

adjective

  • 1Not able to be relied on; not known or definite:

    ‘an uncertain future’
    • ‘Whether his death was caused by heart attack or assassination is still uncertain.’
    • ‘The Jubilee arouses uncertain feelings, halting thoughts, though it's in our town.’
    • ‘The takeover inevitably led to uncertain times for everyone at the firm.’
    • ‘This all led to uncivilised evening drinks at The Local, before wobbling home in an uncertain manner.’
    • ‘The link between violent music and violent behaviour is an uncertain one.’
    • ‘We live in uncertain times when change has never been so rapid or unpredictable.’
    • ‘They were released on bail following a public outcry but still faced an uncertain future.’
    • ‘Serious business will be on hold, political time and capital tied up, and the ground rules uncertain.’
    • ‘Many more would like to begin trading, but are confused about the best way forward or uncertain of the outcome.’
    • ‘Life is more uncertain, so the task of launching an adolescent into the world has become more complicated.’
    • ‘Whether the public perceives the benefits of having a greater gender balance remains uncertain.’
    • ‘The future of this business and the fate of its 240 employees remain uncertain.’
    • ‘It was the Society's view that banks would simply not deal with firms whose future was uncertain.’
    • ‘It's human nature that in uncertain times we become more conservative and less speculative.’
    • ‘The future of the pier has been uncertain for years and one unnamed firm is currently in talks with Blue Lark.’
    • ‘Due to a family bereavement it is uncertain if this slot will go ahead.’
    • ‘Now the future is uncertain for the restored Victorian warehouse with floors the size of a football pitch.’
    • ‘What lies ahead is completely uncertain, but also, it seems, full of promise.’
    • ‘It is uncertain whether the officer will be based at the contact point.’
    • ‘However, the future still looks uncertain as he has no money for higher education.’
    changeable, variable, varying, irregular, fitful, unpredictable, unreliable, unsettled, unstable, erratic, fluctuating
    unknown, undetermined, unsettled, unresolved, unsure, pending, in the balance, in limbo, up in the air, debatable, open to question, in doubt
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) not completely confident or sure of something:
      ‘I was uncertain how to proceed’
      • ‘Dennis said he was uncertain whether the kidnapping was a case of mistaken identity.’
      • ‘O'Donnell was left uncertain as to what direction his career should pursue.’
      • ‘Yet, as to the details of our life, or as to where my husband is now, I am uncertain.’
      • ‘The only times anyone asked Ilse what she wanted was when she was uncertain.’
      • ‘The young couple she confronted with this information today seemed bemused and uncertain how to react.’
      • ‘There were lots of times when people were very uncertain about the situation there.’
      • ‘Even the Western powers appear uncertain about whether it is a good idea.’
      • ‘If you are uncertain about what options you should take think about speaking to a financial adviser.’
      • ‘However they were uncertain as to whether it was the address of one of the suspects or a red herring.’
      • ‘He had friends down there but, after the flight, he is uncertain of their fate.’
      • ‘Because of this historians are uncertain about the final toll of victims.’
      • ‘His morose delivery makes you uncertain whether you are supposed to laugh or cry.’
      • ‘If you are uncertain about location, a relocation agent can help narrow down your field of choice.’
      • ‘I am uncertain how, in those circumstances, she can reserve her position in relation to the point.’
      • ‘If people are uncertain as to who they are uniting against, they seem even less sure of what they are standing up for.’
      • ‘As in domestic politics, when you are uncertain about the substance, emphasise the style.’
      • ‘Frances was uncertain how younger students would view her, but soon made her mark.’
      • ‘Today they are genuinely uncertain of their own greatness, or of how to exercise their power.’
      • ‘He was still uncertain about the whole thing but I got him interested enough to come along.’
      • ‘We are uncertain whether the random allocation was adequately concealed in most of the studies.’
      hesitant, hesitating, tentative, halting, faltering, unsure, unconfident, diffident, doubtful
      unsure, doubtful, dubious, undecided, unresolved, indecisive, irresolute, hesitant, wavering, vacillating, oscillating, equivocating, vague, hazy, unclear, ambivalent, in two minds, on the horns of a dilemma, torn
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Pronunciation

uncertain

/ʌnˈsəːt(ə)n/