certainty
noun (plural -ties) Date: 14th century 1. something that is certain 2. the quality or state of being certain especially on the basis of evidence Synonyms: certainty, certitude, conviction mean a state of being free from doubt. certainty and certitude are very close; certainty may stress the existence of objective proof <
claims that cannot be confirmed with scientific certainty
>
, while certitude may emphasize a faith in something not needing or not capable of proof <
believes with certitude in an afterlife
>
. conviction applies especially to belief strongly held by an individual <
holds firm convictions on every issue
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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