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 People still argue about it, some with a certitude that is genuinely alarming. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 13 June 2021 Away from unbending certitude, from seeing the world only in black-and-white with no gray, and from treating politics as a zero-sum, all-or-nothing proposition. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 What such writers see as insufficient certitude is, to Haley, genuine nuance. Nicole Russell, Washington Examiner, 15 Apr. 2021 But mathematical certitude may not have been Indiana lawmakers' sole motivation. Evan Mcmurry, ABC News, 14 Mar. 2021 The articles in the pages that follow reveal other examples of misplaced certitude in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. David A. Weintraub, Scientific American, 11 Oct. 2013 Hades is about incremental progress, perseverance, certitude, and hope. Wired Staff, Wired, 16 Dec. 2020 Some viewers were drawn to the sense of absolute certitude that Mr. Trebek projected. New York Times, 8 Nov. 2020 And Brown’s certitude about the rightness of his actions was underwritten by a fanatical religious faith: as with the raid on Harper’s Ferry, these killings were decreed by Almighty God. R.h. Lossin, The New York Review of Books, 4 Sep. 2020

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

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19 Jun 2021

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“Certitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/certitude. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of certitude

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


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