Definition of incertitude in US English:

incertitude

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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While Pinter the playwright may extol existential ambiguity and incertitude, Pinter the activist and dissenter has no such anxiety.’
    • ‘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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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin incertitudo, from in- (expressing negation) + certitudo (see certitude).

Pronunciation

incertitude

/ɪnˈsərdəˌt(j)ud//inˈsərdəˌt(y)o͞od/