noun Date: 14th century 1. the quality or state of being uncertain ; doubt 2. something that is uncertain Synonyms: uncertainty, doubt, dubiety, skepticism, suspicion, mistrust mean lack of sureness about someone or something. uncertainty may range from a falling short of certainty to an almost complete lack of conviction or knowledge especially about an outcome or result <
assumed the role of manager without hesitation or uncertainty
. doubt suggests both uncertainty and inability to make a decision <
plagued by doubts as to what to do
. dubiety stresses a wavering between conclusions <
felt some dubiety about its practicality
. skepticism implies unwillingness to believe without conclusive evidence <
an economic forecast greeted with skepticism
. suspicion stresses lack of faith in the truth, reality, fairness, or reliability of something or someone <
regarded the stranger with suspicion
. mistrust implies a genuine doubt based upon suspicion <
had a great mistrust of doctors

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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