[ noun ] the state of being certain


: "his certainty reassured the others"

Used in print

(Jesse W. Grimes and Wesley Allinsmith, "Compuls...)

The parent was asked to describe the child 's typical behavior in certain standard situations in which there was an opportunity to observe tendencies toward perfectionism in demands upon self and others , irrational conformity to rules , orderliness , punctuality , and need for certainty .

(Jim Thompson, The Transgressors....)

Somehow more terrible than the certainty that he was about to die was the knowledge that Lord would probably not suffer for it : the murder would go unpunished .

(Morley Callaghan, A Passion in Rome....)

Probably because it was a place where she might get a feeling of certainty and security .

[ noun ] something that is certain


"his victory is a certainty"

Used in print

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

He is confronted with the recurrent crises , such_as great natural catastrophes and the great transitions of life - marriage , incurable disease , widowhood , old_age , the certainty of death .