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certitude

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noun cer·ti·tude \ˈsər-tə-ˌtüd also -ˌtyüd\

Simple Definition of certitude

  • : the state of being or feeling certain : freedom from doubt

Full Definition of certitude

  1. 1 :  the state of being or feeling certain

  2. 2 :  certainty of act or event

Examples of certitude

  1. <believes with certitude that he is the best candidate for the job>



Origin of certitude

Middle English, from Late Latin certitudo, from Latin certus


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of certitude

certainty, certitude, conviction mean a state of being free from doubt. certainty and certitude are very close; certainty may stress the existence of objective proof <claims that cannot be confirmed with scientific certainty>, while certitude may emphasize a faith in something not needing or not capable of proof <believes with certitude in an afterlife>. conviction applies especially to belief strongly held by an individual <holds firm convictions on every issue>.


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