cer·​ti·​tude ˈsər-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce certitude (audio)
 also  -ˌtyüd
plural certitudes
: the state of being or feeling certain
: certainty of act or event
: something that is certain : certainty
In the United States, death is feared … . Though it is a certitude that we all must deal with someday …Anne M. Johnson
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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

Examples of certitude in a Sentence

believes with certitude that he is the best candidate for the job
Recent Examples on the Web For investors, after months of stock market gains and soft-landing certitude, Tuesday’s losses are a reminder about potential risks. Christine Romans, NBC News, 14 Feb. 2024 To the question of whether Schreiber’s inscrutable Father Flynn has made advances on the lone Black student at a Bronx Catholic school, a suspicion that cements into certitude in the mind of Ryan’s acerbic Sister Aloysius, the answer seems too obvious. Naveen Kumar, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 Introduce ambiguity where there is a terrible, authoritarian certitude. Hazlitt, 28 Feb. 2024 There is never a better situational outcome than where you are positioned with credibility, certitude and a pledge of trust to a professional and qualified network of leads who might actually need your services. Mustansir Paliwala, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 And that’s part of their erotic narrative, and, in the case of Gracie, possibly a sense of wanting to be rescued by a young male body and the sense of a confident, emerging young person that embodies a kind of certitude and strength. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 2 Dec. 2023 Consider the rain as two opposite lands—two possible soundtracks for a sleepless, long week—the principle of uncertainty—the certitude of clarity—something in between. Stav Poleg, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 Chuckle indulgently when the Journal insists with pious certitude that Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are pillars of ethical conduct who only forgot to fill out a few disclosure forms. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 4 Sep. 2023 This produced hundreds of tiny fragments that the researchers painstakingly identified (to a reasonable degree of certitude) under a microscope. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Late Latin certitudo, from Latin certus

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of certitude was in the 15th century

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“Certitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certitude. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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