Definition for UN-CER'TAIN-TY

UN-CER'TAIN-TY, n.

  1. Doubtfulness; dubiousness. The truth is not ascertained; the latest accounts have not removed the uncertainty.
  2. Want of certainty; want of precision; as, the uncertainty of the signification of words.
  3. Contingency. Steadfastly grasping the greatest and most slippery uncertainties. South.
  4. Something unknown. Our shepherd's case is every man's ease that quits a certainty for an uncertainty. L'Estrange.

Return to page 26 of the letter “U”.