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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sur-tn-tee]
    • /ˈsɜr tn ti/
    • /ˈsɜː.tən.ti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sur-tn-tee]
    • /ˈsɜr tn ti/

Definitions of certainty word

  • uncountable noun certainty Certainty is the state of being definite or of having no doubts at all about something. 3
  • uncountable noun certainty Certainty is the fact that something is certain to happen. 3
  • countable noun certainty Certainties are things that nobody has any doubts about. 3
  • noun certainty the condition of being certain 3
  • noun certainty something established as certain or inevitable 3
  • noun certainty the quality, state, or fact of being certain 3

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Origin of certainty

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English certeinte < Anglo-French, equivalent to certein certain + -te -ty2

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Parts of speech for Certainty


certainty popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for certainty

noun certainty

  • confidence — If you have confidence in someone, you feel that you can trust them.
  • trust — reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
  • certitude — Certitude is the same as certainty.
  • credence — If something lends or gives credence to a theory or story, it makes it easier to believe.
  • lock — a tress, curl, or ringlet of hair.

Antonyms for certainty

noun certainty

  • distrust — to regard with doubt or suspicion; have no trust in.
  • disbelief — the inability or refusal to believe or to accept something as true.
  • ambiguity — If you say that there is ambiguity in something, you mean that it is unclear or confusing, or it can be understood in more than one way.
  • doubt — to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
  • hesitation — the act of hesitating; a delay due to uncertainty of mind or fear: His hesitation cost him the championship.

verb certainty

  • sound out — to measure or try the depth of (water, a deep hole, etc.) by letting down a lead or plummet at the end of a line, or by some equivalent means.
  • work over — exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.
  • hit up — to deal a blow or stroke to: Hit the nail with the hammer.
  • question — a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.

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