Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Uncertainty.
  • n. Absence of confidence; doubt.
  • n. Insecurity or instability.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. uncertainty, doubt, insecurity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Uncertainty; doubtfulness; doubt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or condition of being uncertain; doubtfulness; uncertainty arising from doubt or hesitation.
  • n. Obscurity; indefiniteness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being unsure of something

Etymologies

Borrowing from French. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After so many months of incertitude, this comes as a huge relief to him.

    Alberto Contador cautiously optimistic he can avoid appeal

  • And romantic it certainly was — the fog, like the grey shadow of infinite mystery, brooding over the whirling speck of earth; and men, mere motes of light and sparkle, cursed with an insane relish for work, riding their steeds of wood and steel through the heart of the mystery, groping their way blindly through the Unseen, and clamouring and clanging in confident speech the while their hearts are heavy with incertitude and fear.

    Chapter 1

  • Wales - a country with incertitude carved into its genes - is beginning to find its confidence.

    New Wales

  • That incertitude and the resulting decision of other insurers to drop their child-only plans, according to WellPoint spokeswoman Kristin Binns, "has created an unlevel competitive environment."

    Major health insurers to stop offering new child-only policies

  • Curiously it could be said to be making a come back in post-modernist painters such as Tuysman & Richter, where it 'hovers' in anxiety & incertitude rather than the inevitability of the 'penny dropping'.

    Stillness and Action, Part 2

  • Yet he saw consequences the most unpleasant in this rumour of her attachment; and though he still privately hoped that the behaviour of Mandlebert was the effect of some transient embarrassment, he wished her removed from all intercourse with him that was not sought by himself, while the incertitude of his intentions militated against her struggles for indifference.

    Camilla

  • The Global Wars and the major historical events have brought a new wave of incertitude regarding the form and direction of their polity.

    Is Global Democracy Possible? -The Contemporary Crisis of Democracy

  • This is when the teller asked if the suspect was "serious," expressing her crime-fighting incertitude.

    Bank Teller averts robbery, asking "Are you serious?"

  • Even Paulson says that this enormous bail out may not cure the problem, so we will be left in the same position of incertitude and fear we are today, but we would have spent nearly a trillion dollars.

    Congress to the rescue! (Maybe)

  • Republicans can find more than a measure of solace in this incertitude.

    What a Long, Strange Race It's Been

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