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certainty

noun

  1. (cognitive state)  the state of being certain
    Type of: cognitive state. Describes: certain, uncertain
  2. (quality)  something that is certain
    Synonyms: foregone conclusion, sure thing. Type of: quality. Describes: certain, uncertain

Etymology summary

certeynte, "surety, pledge", from Anglo-French certeinté (late 13th century),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Certainty

perfect knowledge that has total security from error, or the mental state of being without doubt. Objectively defined, certainty is total continuity and validity of all foundational inquiry, to the highest degree of precision. Something is certain only... (38 of 1920 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Certainty

Collins Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural] | for a certainty [sense-specific]

the condition of being certain | something established as certain or inevitable | See "for a certainty" (15 of 513 words, 3 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/certainty

Merriam-Webster:

certainty | certainties [plural] | assurance [synonym, sense-specific] | assuredness [synonym, sense-specific] | confidence [synonym, sense-specific] | certitude [synonym, sense-specific] | cocksureness [synonym, sense-specific] | conviction [synonym, sense-specific] | doubtlessness [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

something that is certain | the quality or state of being certain especially on the basis of evidence (17 of 209 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/certainty

Oxford Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural] | for a certainty

firm conviction that something is the case | the quality of being reliably true | a general air of confidence | a fact that is definitely true or an ... (26 of 151 words, 6 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/certainty

Macmillan British Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

[countable] something that will definitely happen or that you feel very sure about | [uncountable] the feeling of being completely sure about ... (21 of 70 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/certainty

Cambridge Dictionary:

certainty [entry 1]

something which cannot be doubted | the state of being completely confident or having no doubt about something (17 of 43 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/certainty 1

certainty [entry 2]

something which is very likely to happen (7 of 30 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/certainty 2

Random House Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural] | for or of a certainty [sense-specific]

the state of being certain. | something certain; an assured fact. | "for or of a certainty": certainly; without a doubt. (19 of 40 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/certainty

American Heritage Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

The fact, quality, or state of being certain | Something that is clearly established or assured (15 of 35 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/certainty

New World Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

the quality, state, or fact of being certain | anything certain; definite act (12 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/certainty

Wiktionary:

certainty | certainties [plural] | certitude [synonym, sense-specific] | uncertainty [antonym, sense-specific]

The state of being certain. | An instance of being certain. (10 of 12 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/certainty

Encarta Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural] | for a certainty [derived]

a conclusion or outcome that is beyond doubt | something that is certain to happen, or somebody assured of a result | complete confidence in the truth ... (25 of 58 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595977​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

certainty

First use: about 1300

Origin: certeynte, "surety, pledge", from Anglo-French certeinté (late 13th century), Old French certaineté "certainty", from L. or ... (18 of 47 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=certainty

Wiktionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

Origin: Middle English surety, from Anglo-Norman certeinté, from Old French certeineté, from Vulgar Latin *certanitas, from Latin certus

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/certainty

Oxford Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French certainete, from certain (see "certain")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/certainty

New World Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

Origin: Middle English certeinte from Old French certaineté

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/certainty

Audio references

Wiktionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "certainty"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/certainty

Collins Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "certainty"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/certainty

Macmillan American Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "certainty"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/certainty

Macmillan British Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "certainty"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/certainty

Cambridge Dictionary:

certainty [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "certainty"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "certainty"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/certainty 1

the Free Dictionary:

certainty

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "certainty"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "certainty"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "certainty" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/certainty

Google Dictionary:

certainty | certainties [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "certainty"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=certainty

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

certainty

Audio: North American pronunciation of "certainty"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=certai​03 word=certainty

YourDictionary Audio:

certainty

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "certainty" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/certainty

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