English adjective: uncertain
|1.||uncertain lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance|
|Samples||Uncertain of his convictions.|
Unsure of himself and his future.
Moving with uncertain (or unsure) steps.
An uncertain smile.
Touched the ornaments with uncertain fingers.
|Similar||ambivalent, doubtful, dubious, groping|
|Attribute||assurance, authority, certainty, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence, sureness|
|2.||uncertain not established beyond doubt; still undecided or unknown|
|Samples||An uncertain future.|
A manuscript of uncertain origin.
Plans are still uncertain.
Changes of great if uncertain consequences.
Without further evidence his story must remain uncertain.
|Similar||indefinite, up in the air|
|See also||indeterminate, undetermined|
|Attribute||certainty, foregone conclusion, sure thing|
|3.||uncertain not established or confirmed|
|Samples||His doom is as yet unsealed.|
|4.||uncertain not certain to occur; not inevitable|
|Samples||Everything is uncertain about the army.|
The issue is uncertain.
|Similar||chancy, contingent, flukey, fluky, iffy, up in the air|
|5.||uncertain subject to change|
|Samples||A changeable climate.|
The weather is uncertain.
Unsettled weather with rain and hail and sunshine coming one right after the other.
|6.||uncertain not consistent or dependable|
|Samples||An uncertain recollection of events.|
A gun with a rather uncertain trigger.
|7.||uncertain ambiguous (especially in the negative)|
|Samples||She spoke in no uncertain terms.|