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certainty at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


certainty at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n plural certainties //
1 [U] the state of being completely certain: with certainty// --She knew with absolute certainty that he'd say no.// --The result is impossible to predict with any degree of certainty .//
2 [U] the fact that something is certain to happen: certainty of (doing) sth// --the certainty of being caught// certainty that// --There's no certainty that he'll remember.//
3 [C] something that is definitely true or that will definitely happen: --He usually does quite well, but it's not a certainty.// --The only certainty is that there will need to be major changes.//

certainty at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

85 Moby Thesaurus words for "certainty":
absolutely, absoluteness, acceptation, acception, acquiescence,
act of God, actuality, anticipation, assurance, assuredly,
assuredness, authoritativeness, belief, certainly, certitude,
confidence, connection, contemplation, conviction, credence,
credit, credulity, definitely, definiteness, dependence, dogmatism,
expectancy, expectation, fact, faith, fate, fatefulness, firmness,
for a certainty, for sure, force majeure, hope, imminence,
indefeasibility, indubitably, ineluctability, inescapableness,
inevasibleness, inevitability, inevitable accident, inevitableness,
inexorability, inflexibility, irrevocability, necessity,
positively, positiveness, positivism, predetermination,
probability, prospect, reality, reception, relentlessness,
reliance, reliance on, self-assurance, staunchness, steadiness,
stock, store, sure thing, surely, sureness, surety,
suspension of disbelief, thought, trust, truth, unastonishment,
unavoidable casualty, unavoidableness, uncontrollability,
undeflectability, undeniably, undoubtedly, unpreventability,
unquestionably, unyieldingness, vis major

certainty at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun (plural certainties)
1 [C] a thing that is certain:
political / moral certainties * Her return to the team now seems a certainty. * As we start the new millennium the only certainty is change, and lots of it.
2 [U] the state of being certain:
There is no certainty that the president's removal would end the civil war. * I can't say with any certainty where I'll be next week.

CERTAINTY at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

idding between private collectors and dealers. * Several companies remained in the bidding. * A bidding war for the textile firm erupted.
2 the act of offering to do sth or to provide sth for a particular price:
competitive bidding for the contract
3 (in some card games) the process of stating the number of points that players think they will win
4 (old-fashioned or formal) what sb asks or orders you to do:
to do sb's bidding (= to obey sb) * At his father's bidding (= because his father asked him to) he wrote to his lawyer.verb
[V] (old use) = ABIDE
bide your time to wait for the right time to do sth:
He decided to bide his time until he got an opportunity to talk to her alone.noun
a low bowl in the bathroom, usually with taps/faucets, that you fill with water and sit on to wash your bottomadjective, noun
adjective [usually before noun] happening once every two years:
a biennial convention
biennially adverb
noun any plant that lives for two years, producing flowers in the second year
a frame on which the dead body or the COFFIN is placed or carried at a funeralverb
[VN] (old-fashioned, informal) to hit sb hard with your FIST:
He biffed me on the nose.
biff nounnoun
[pl.] a pair of glasses with each LENS made in two parts. The upper part is for looking at things at a distance, and the lower part is for reading or for looking at things that are close to you:
He peered through his bifocals.
bifocal adjective:
bifocal lensesverb
[V] (formal) (of roads, rivers, etc.) to divide into two separate parts
bifurcation noun [C, U]adjective, adverb
adjective (bigger, biggest)
1 large in size, degree, amount, etc:
a big man / house / increase * This shirt isn't big enough. * It's the world's biggest computer company. * (informal) He had this great big grin on his face. * They were earning big money. * The news came as a big blow.
2 (informal) older:
You're a big girl now. * my big brother
3 [only before noun] important; serious:
a big decision * Tonight is the biggest match of his career. * You are making a big mistake. * She took the stage for her big moment. * (informal) Do you really think we can take on the big boys (= compete with the most powerful people)?
4 (informal) (of a plan) needing a lot of effort, money or time to succeed:
They're full of big ideas.
5 ~ (in ...) (informal) popular with the public; successful:
Orange is the big colour this year. * The band's very big in Japan.
6 (informal) enthusiastic about sb/sth:
I'm a big fan of hers.
doing sth a lot
7 doing sth often or to a large degree:
a big eater / drinker / spender
8 ~ of sb (usually ironic) kind or generous:
He gave me an extra five pounds for two hours' work. I thought 'That's big of you'.
bigness noun [U] (rare)
be / get too big for your boots to be/become too proud of yourself; to behave as if you are more important than you really are
a big cheese (informal, humorous) an important and powerful person, especially in an organization
big deal (spoken) used to say that you are not impressed by sth:
So he earns more than me. Big deal!
the big enchilada (AmE, informal, humorous) the most important person or thing
a big fish (in a small pond) an important person (in a small community)
a big noise / shot / name an important person
the big picture (informal, especially AmE) the situation as a whole:
Right now forget the details and take a look at the big picture.
the big stick (informal) the use or threat of force or power:
The authorities used quiet persuasion instead of the big stick.
the big three, four, etc. the three, four, etc. most important countries, people, c

Certainty at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Certainty \Cer"tain*ty\, n.; pl. {Certainties}. [OF.
1. The quality, state, or condition, of being certain.

The certainty of punishment is the truest security
against crimes. --Fisher Ames.

2. A fact or truth unquestionable established.

Certainties are uninteresting and sating. --Landor.

3. (Law) Clearness; freedom from ambiguity; lucidity.

{Of a certainty}, certainly.

certainty at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: the state of being certain; "his certainty reassured the
others" [ant: {doubt}]
2: something that is certain; "his victory is a certainty"
[syn: {sure thing}, {foregone conclusion}] [ant: {uncertainty}]

certainty at English (WD) Of Explained:



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Inter: en-noun » certainties
  • The state of being certain.
    1. An instance of being certain.


      * Inter: sense » state of being certain certitude


      * Inter: sense » state of being certain uncertainty

      Related terms

      * certain


      Inter: trans-top » state of being certain

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|увереност|f, Inter: t+ » bg|сигурност|f
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|jistota|f
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|zekerheid|f
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|certeco
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|certitude|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Sicherheit|f
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|βεβαιότητα|f|tr=vevaiótita
  • Hebrew: ודאות (vada'ut) {{f}}

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|cinnteacht|f, Inter: t- » ga|dearfacht|f, Inter: t- » ga|deimhneacht|f, Inter: t- » ga|deimhin, Inter: t- » ga|deimhne|f
    • Japanese: 確信 (kakushin) {{f}}
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|certeza|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|certitudine|f, Inter: t- » ro|siguranță|f
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|cinnt|f
    • Serbian: izvesnost {{f}}
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|certeza|f
    • Swahili: Inter: t+ » sw|bainisha

    Inter: trans-botto » m

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