from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Definite; fixed.
- adjective Sure to come or happen; inevitable.
- adjective Established beyond doubt or question; indisputable.
- adjective Capable of being relied on; dependable.
- adjective Having or showing confidence; assured.
- adjective Not specified or identified but assumed to be known.
- adjective Named but not known or previously mentioned.
- adjective Perceptible; noticeable.
- adjective Not great; calculable.
- pronoun An indefinite but limited number; some.
- idiom (for certain) Without doubt; definitely.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Certainly; assuredly.
- Fixed; determinate; definite; specified; prescribed; settled beforehand: as in the phrase “at a time certain.”
- Indefinite in the sense of not being specifically named; known but not described: applied to one or more real individual objects or characters, as distinguished from a class of objects or an order of characters; coming under particular observation, but undefined, as to kind, number, quantity, duration, etc.; some particular: as, a lady of a certain age.
- Some (known but unspecified): followed by of.
- Established as true or sure; placed beyond doubt; positively ascertained and known; unquestionable; indisputable.
- Capable of being depended on; trustworthy.
- Unfailing; unerring; sure; positive: as, a certain remedy for rheumatism.
- Assured; free from doubt regarding: used absolutely, or with of, and formerly sometimes with on.
- Sure: with an infinitive: as, he is certain to be there to-morrow.
- Synonyms Undeniable, unquestionable, undoubted, indubitable, indisputable, incontrovertible, inevitable. Sure, Positive, Certain, Confident, etc. (see
confident); unhesitating, undoubting.
- noun A definite but unstated quantity.
- noun Certainty.
- noun In the Roman Catholic Church, prayers said daily at mass for specified persons, as for the members of a guild unable to keep a priest of its own, but who paid so much to a church to have a daily remembrance. Also
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adverb obsolete Certainly.
- noun obsolete Certainty.
- noun obsolete A certain number or quantity.
- adjective Assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions concerning.
- adjective Determined; resolved; -- used with an infinitive.
- adjective Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.
- adjective Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.
- adjective Unfailing; infallible.
- adjective Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.
- adjective Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or some; -- sometimes used independenty as a noun, and meaning certain persons.
- adjective assuredly.
- adjective certainly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Sure, positive, not doubting.
- determiner Having been determined but unspecified. The quality of some particular subject or object which is known by the speaker to have been specifically singled out among similar entities of its class.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
- adjective reliable in operation or effect
- adjective having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured
- adjective certain to occur; destined or inevitable
- adjective definite but not specified or identified
- adjective established beyond doubt or question; definitely known
- adjective established irrevocably
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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[Footnote 1: «qua» is generally used instead of «quae» in the feminine nominative singular and in the neuter nominative and accusative plural.] «485. » «quīdam», _a certain one, a certain_
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We can honor him, in certain ways -- in _certain_ ways, Raoul -- almost more than if he had never done wrong at all.
Which certain people call a "_certain age_," 
certain stresses and certain environmental conditions, would never have re - sulted in this behavior but did.
"Yes, I have at my command one method that is certain, -- _perfectly certain_.
Asked what Kan meant by the term "certain progress," Noda said, "that's something that Kan said, so please ask him."
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It's the certain in the phrase "certain tax preparers" that's still causing controversy.
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whichbe commented on the word certain
A contranym: both an indeterminate quality ("she has a certain air about her"), and an established fact (a certainty).
May 15, 2008