Definition of uncertainty in English:

uncertainty

nounPlural uncertainties

mass noun
  • 1The state of being uncertain.

    ‘times of uncertainty and danger’
    • ‘The early 1990s was a time of great economic and political uncertainty in Russia.’
    • ‘Lesser goals will be blown off course in an environment of uncertainty and constant change.’
    • ‘After some uncertainty, Essex Police Authority has now been granted the money.’
    • ‘In this case there was uncertainty about how loved ones had died, and horrific images and stories in the media.’
    • ‘This is especially so in a profession where there is inherent unpredictability and uncertainty.’
    • ‘This time of change and uncertainty in the people of Ireland is an opportunity for the true Church.’
    • ‘European investors believe the company is priced too high considering this uncertainty.’
    • ‘One anecdote from last week neatly sums up Labour's uncertainty over how to deal with the new Tory leader.’
    • ‘Yet ultimately here, even an art that itself seems so self-assured hovers in uncertainty.’
    • ‘While the low-cost travel revolution is far from over, there is uncertainty as to where it goes next.’
    • ‘Ian Scott's cross caused uncertainty in the United box and Bridge scrambled the ball over the line.’
    • ‘He said a three-year deal would also allow uncertainty over the upgrade of the East Coast to be cleared up.’
    • ‘So focusing on actual exchange rate changes would not take this uncertainty into account.’
    • ‘No one knows, which creates a new kind of uncertainty for the politicians.’
    • ‘This level of uncertainty was exacerbated by the use of proportional voting for the first time in the capital.’
    • ‘I feel a bit of uncertainty in the past few weeks and I think that the banking system is stable.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is explained because at times of uncertainty and change there is a degree of comfort in the past.’
    • ‘That's a grey area, but the very uncertainty injects a nice frisson into the comedy.’
    • ‘Byron's writings reach us from a time of change, upheaval and uncertainty across Europe.’
    • ‘To say that he discovers love and it changes him would simplify a situation, wrought with uncertainty.’
    unpredictability, unreliability, riskiness, chanciness, precariousness, unsureness
    unsureness, lack of certainty, indecision, irresolution, hesitancy, doubt, doubtfulness, wavering, vacillation, equivocation, vagueness, ambivalence, lack of conviction, disquiet, disquietude, wariness, chariness, scepticism
    hesitancy, tentativeness, unsureness, lack of confidence, diffidence, doubtfulness, doubt
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    1. 1.1usually uncertaintiescount noun Something that is uncertain or that causes one to feel uncertain.
      ‘financial uncertainties’
      • ‘Odd tensions and feelings and questions and uncertainties and so on abound in my little head.’
      • ‘Humanitarian intervention emerged in response to Western uncertainties.’
      • ‘But uncertainties lingered at the week's close, despite a partial recovery in values.’
      • ‘Victory removed the uncertainties created by the long build-up to war.’
      • ‘Political uncertainties in the region could also lead to limited direct foreign investment.’
      • ‘Despite the various uncertainties surrounding it, it would be unwise to rule out this possibility.’
      • ‘He said he saw uncertainties in Hong Kong and Macau packaged tours after the travel rules were relaxed.’
      • ‘Despite these uncertainties, Trujillo has made a good start in moving Orange away from red towards black.’
      • ‘Management do not want to launch it during staffing uncertainties.’
      • ‘Fortunately there is an expert cast to help guide us through the uncertainties and unfamiliarity of the journey.’
      • ‘There are uncertainties surrounding the determination of the annual maintenance cost.’
      • ‘I have also spent time talking with my classes and helping them to deal with their fears and uncertainties for the future.’
      • ‘Nor does it lessen the uncertainties facing business leaders right across the economy.’
      • ‘She also explained that there were some uncertainties with the permit process.’
      • ‘Steering the nest egg in a sea of uncertainties is challenging - even for the professionals.’
      • ‘The lingering uncertainties, meanwhile, are putting off potential tenants from heading back to the area.’
      • ‘One of the uncertainties concerns the basic question of how many Africans were imported.’
      • ‘What we have is wrapped in uncertainties, caveats and simplifications.’
      • ‘If cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties, then its one-day version is sheer caprice.’
      • ‘We are still living in the blur, the uncertainties, the possibilities of war.’
      doubt, qualm, misgiving, apprehension, quandary, dilemma, reservation, niggle, scruple, second thought, query, question, question mark, suspicion
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Pronunciation

uncertainty

/ʌnˈsəːt(ə)nti/