uncertainty Definition

the state of being uncertain; doubt; hesitancy.

Using uncertainty: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "uncertainty" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The uncertainty of the outcome made him anxious.

  • Example

    There is a lot of uncertainty about the future of the company.

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    The government's response to the crisis has created more uncertainty.

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    The uncertainty surrounding the pandemic has caused widespread concern.

uncertainty Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for uncertainty

Phrases with uncertainty

  • a situation in which it is unclear what will happen next or what the consequences of an action will be


    The company is operating under a cloud of uncertainty due to the ongoing legal proceedings.

  • a principle in quantum mechanics that states that the position and momentum of a particle cannot both be precisely determined at the same time


    The uncertainty principle is a fundamental concept in modern physics.

  • a situation in which there is a lack of clarity or predictability, often leading to anxiety or fear


    The political climate of uncertainty has led to a decline in investment in the region.


Summary: uncertainty in Brief

The term 'uncertainty' [ʌnˈsəːt(ə)nti] refers to the state of being doubtful or hesitant. It is often associated with situations where the outcome is unclear, such as the future of a company or the response to a crisis. Phrases like 'cloud of uncertainty' and 'climate of uncertainty' describe situations where there is a lack of clarity or predictability, often leading to anxiety or fear.

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