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I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.
Jorge Luis Borges

Meaning of "uncertainty" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF UNCERTAINTY

uncertainty  [ʌnˈsɜːtəntɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF UNCERTAINTY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Uncertainty is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES UNCERTAINTY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Uncertainty

Uncertainty is a term used in subtly different ways in a number of fields, including philosophy, physics, statistics, economics, finance, insurance, psychology, sociology, engineering, and information science. It applies to predictions of future events, to physical measurements that are already made, or to the unknown. Uncertainty arises in partially observable and/or stochastic environments, as well as due to ignorance and/or indolence.

Definition of uncertainty in the English dictionary

The definition of uncertainty in the dictionary is Also called: uncertainness. the state or condition of being uncertain. Other definition of uncertainty is an uncertain matter, contingency, etc.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH UNCERTAINTY


certainty
ˈsɜːtəntɪ
curranty
ˈkʌrəntɪ
fromenty
ˈfrəʊməntɪ
frumenty
ˈfruːməntɪ
furmenty
ˈfɜːməntɪ
guaranty
ˈɡærəntɪ
incertainty
ɪnˈsɜːtəntɪ
parchmenty
ˈpɑːtʃməntɪ
peasanty
ˈpɛzəntɪ
sergeanty
ˈsɑːdʒəntɪ
serjeanty
ˈsɑːdʒəntɪ
seventy
ˈsɛvəntɪ
sovereignty
ˈsɒvrəntɪ
sovranty
ˈsɒvrəntɪ
studenty
ˈstjuːdəntɪ
suddenty
ˈsʌdəntɪ
suzerainty
ˈsuːzərəntɪ
warranty
ˈwɒrəntɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UNCERTAINTY

unceasing
unceasingly
unceasingness
unceded
uncelebrated
uncensored
uncensorious
uncensured
uncerebral
unceremonious
unceremoniously
unceremoniousness
uncertain
uncertainly
uncertainness
uncertainties
uncertainty principle
uncertificated
uncertified
unchain

WORDS THAT END LIKE UNCERTAINTY

corridor of uncertainty
dainty
fainty
flinty
for a certainty
glinty
linty
minty
painty
pepperminty
pointy
racing certainty
shinty
skinflinty
squinty
stinty
superdainty
tinty

Synonyms and antonyms of uncertainty in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «UNCERTAINTY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «uncertainty» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of uncertainty

Translation of «uncertainty» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF UNCERTAINTY

Find out the translation of uncertainty to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of uncertainty from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «uncertainty» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

无确定因素
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

incertidumbre
570 millions of speakers

English

uncertainty
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अनिश्चितता
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عَدَمُ التَأَكُّد
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

неопределенность
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

incerteza
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অনিশ্চয়তা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

incertitude
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ketidakpastian
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Ungewissheit
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

不確実
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

불확실
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kahanan sing durung mesthi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự không chắc chắn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நிச்சயமற்ற
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अनिश्चितता
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

belirsizlik
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

incertezza
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

niepewność
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

невпевненість
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

incertitudine
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αβεβαιότητα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

onsekerheid
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

osäkerhet
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

usikkerhet
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of uncertainty

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «UNCERTAINTY»

The term «uncertainty» is very widely used and occupies the 12.186 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of uncertainty
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «uncertainty».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «UNCERTAINTY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «uncertainty» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «uncertainty» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about uncertainty

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10 QUOTES WITH «UNCERTAINTY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word uncertainty.
1
Daniel Alarcon
Peru is a country where more than half the people would emigrate if given the chance. That's half the population that is willing to abandon everything they know for the uncertainty of a life in a foreign land, in another language.
2
Richard V. Allen
If it is widely assumed that the new President cannot move forward simply because of a narrow victory, there can easily develop a sense of unease and uncertainty, adversely affecting every sector of American society, our economy and the perception of other nations.
3
Julian Baggini
Accepting that the world is full of uncertainty and ambiguity does not and should not stop people from being pretty sure about a lot of things.
4
Julian Baggini
The mark of a mature, psychologically healthy mind is indeed the ability to live with uncertainty and ambiguity, but only as much as there really is. uncertainty is no virtue when the facts are clear, and ambiguity is mere obfuscation when more precise terms are applicable.
5
Georg Baselitz
I always work out of uncertainty but when a painting's finished it becomes a fixed idea, apparently a final statement. In time though, uncertainty returns... your thought process goes on.
6
Jeremy Bentham
The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law.
7
Jorge Luis Borges
I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.
8
Jacob Bronowski
Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.
9
Des Browne
We live in a very uncertain world, and I think that uncertainty of itself generates an environment which we should not make a decision that deprives future generations of the deterrent effect that the nuclear weapons have provided for us and for almost all of my life.
10
Robert Burns
There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UNCERTAINTY»

Discover the use of uncertainty in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to uncertainty and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance
Uncertainty will freeze you in place if you let it. Jonathan Fields knows the risks—and potential power—of uncertainty. He gave up a six-figure income as a lawyer to make $12 an hour as a personal trainer.
Jonathan Fields, 2011
2
Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating ...
More than just a collection of 'thoughts for the day,' Comfortable with Uncertainty offers a progressive program of spiritual study.
Pema Chödrön, Emily Hilburn Sell, 2008
3
Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases
The thirty-five chapters in this book describe various judgmental heuristics and the biases they produce, not only in laboratory experiments but in important social, medical, and political situations as well.
Daniel Kahneman, Paul Slovic, Amos Tversky, 1982
4
Uncertainty: A Guide to Dealing with Uncertainty in ...
This book outlines the source and nature of uncertainty, discusses techniques for obtaining and using expert judgment, and reviews a variety of simple and advanced methods for analyzing uncertainty.
Millett Granger Morgan, Mitchell Small, 1992
5
Risk, Uncertainty and Profit
In this 1921 book, Knight explains why perfect competition would not necessarily eliminate profits, because of "uncertainty," rather than "risk.
Frank H. Knight, 2012
6
Understanding Uncertainty
But as noted statistician Dennis Lindley writes in this distinctive text, "We want you to face up to uncertainty, not hide it away under false concepts, but to understand it and, moreover, to use the recent discoveries so that you can act ...
Dennis V. Lindley, 2006
7
Uncertainty
From the Trade Paperback edition.
David Lindley, 2008
8
The Uncertainty of Everyday Life, 1915-1945
In this vividly detailed narrative, Harvey Green recounts an era of unprecedented change in American culture and examines the impact of these uncertain times on such aspects of daily life as employment, home life, gender roles, education, ...
Harvey Green, 2000
9
Uncertainty: The Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg
Discusses Heisenberg's personal life, examines his work in such areas as quantum physics, elementary particles, nuclear physics, and the Uncertainty principle, and explores his political life under the Nazi regime during World War II
David C. Cassidy, 1993
10
Uncertainty in Games
That is: we create games. In this concise and entertaining book,Costikyan, an award-winning game designer, argues that games require uncertainty to hold ourinterest, and that the struggle to master uncertainty is central to their appeal.
Greg Costikyan, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UNCERTAINTY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term uncertainty is used in the context of the following news items.
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Libya Uncertainty Plays Part in BP Profit Decline
Libya has struggled to maintain stability in recent years amid political and security uncertainty, including a number of groups directly targeting the country's ... «Forbes, Jul 15»
2
How uncertainty fuels anxiety
A little uncertainty goes a long way, but we are also creatures of comfort. Those quirks like always sleeping on the same side of the bed, eating the same thing ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 15»
3
CFO: European uncertainty a concern for businesses
Following a volatile week for European bonds and equities, a leading CFO has told CNBC that uncertainty in the region is a concern for businesses. «CNBC, Jun 15»
4
Can Uncertainty Be a Good Thing for Investors?
So, the common view of uncertainty — or volatility, as it is often termed — is that it is bad, period. “Investors don't like this kind of uncertainty,” says Amir Yaron, ... «Knowledge@Wharton, Jun 15»
5
Reuters Poll: Market uncertainty tempers forecasts for equities' gains …
Uncertainty surrounding the timing of the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate hike has tempered analysts' forecasts for stock market gains this year, Reuters ... «Reuters, Mar 15»
6
Life is full of uncertainty, just learn to live with it
That's because uncertainty, a long-known cause of anxiety, makes it difficult to prepare for events or to control them. People vary in their desire to minimise ... «Toowoomba Chronicle, Mar 15»
7
Hall's “Uncertainty': Lightning's striking again
First presented in 1988 at SFMOMA's old Veterans Memorial Building location, “The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described” was the founding acquisition of ... «SFGate, Mar 15»
8
Life is full of uncertainty, we've just got to learn to live with it
People vary in their desire to minimise uncertainty. Those who react by worrying focus on potential threats and risks such as “what if I don't get the promotion? «The Conversation AU, Mar 15»
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Uncertainty Drives People to Work Harder
Introducing a bit of uncertainty can help to motivate people and make the effort required to achieve a reward seem more like a game and less like work. «PsychCentral.com, Mar 15»
10
Scientists set quantum speed limit
The energy-time uncertainty relationship is the flip side of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which sets limits on how precisely you can measure position and ... «UC Berkeley, Jan 15»

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