[ noun ] being unsettled or in doubt




: "the uncertainty of the outcome"

Used in print

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

National_leaders will have_to display the highest skills of statesmanship to guide their people through times of uncertainty and confusion which destroy men 's sense of identity .

[ noun ] the state of being unsure of something

Used in print

(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

In_fact , insofar as science generates any fear , it stems not so much from scientific prowess and gadgets but from the fact that new unanswered questions arise , which , until they are understood , create uncertainty .

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

His religious_beliefs provide him with plausible explanations for many conditions which cause him great concern , and his religious faith makes possible fortitude , equanimity , and consolation , enabling him to endure colossal misfortune , fear , frustration , uncertainty , suffering , evil , and danger .

(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)

All political interests supported electoral planning , although there are some signs that the inherent uncertainties of a popular judgment led to some procrastination .

(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)

At_the_same_time , his voice betrayed uncertainty about their being here , and conveyed an appeal to whatever is reasonable , peace-loving , and dependable in everybody .