cer·​ti·​tude | \ ˈsər-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce certitude (audio) also -ˌtyüd \
plural certitudes

Definition of certitude

1 : the state of being or feeling certain
2 : certainty of act or event
3 : 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 Earlier this week, a comment from Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead of the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 response, offered yet another cautionary tale of what happens when scientific ambiguity meets political certitude. Gregory Barber, Wired, "What's Confusing About Calling Covid-19 Cases ‘Asymptomatic’," 11 June 2020 Trump replied with certitude, referring to the government’s bungled rescue and recovery efforts, according to a campaign official who was present for the exchange. Maggie Haberman, BostonGlobe.com, "Used to meeting challenges with bluster and force, Trump confronts a crisis unlike any before," 21 Mar. 2020 Such certitude, but the great die-out in the story happens off stage, almost banally, with the details left to the reader to imagine. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 30–April 5," 5 Apr. 2020 Eleanor Roosevelt offered a prescription to guard against tribal self-certitude. Jon Meacham, Time, "The Impeachment Inquiry Is About More Than Donald Trump — It’s About Who We Are as Americans," 7 Nov. 2019 His solid point and certitude slowed time before the flush, and my two shots stole a moment from my memory. Anchorage Daily News, "Finding old truths while chasing chukar and new experiences," 29 Oct. 2019 This inclines them to the view that the world is and should be ever more interconnected, and they are often fired by a near-messianic certitude that this trend is associated with the spread of all that is true and good. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Treason of the Elites," 24 Oct. 2019 As people challenge the social certitudes that rose in the ’80s, the slicker, brighter future that machines promised looks shakier too. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Failed Political Promise of Silicon Valley," 27 Sep. 2019 Business, after all, likes certitude, predictability. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Drama of Trump’s Own Making Ends With a Familiar Hero," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of certitude

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for certitude

Middle English, from Late Latin certitudo, from Latin certus

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18 Jun 2020

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“Certitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certitude. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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

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