incertitude

noun
in·​cer·​ti·​tude | \(ˌ)in-ˈsər-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of incertitude 

: uncertainty:

a : absence of assurance or confidence : doubt

b : the quality or state of being unstable or insecure

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Examples of incertitude in a Sentence

a growing incertitude about the honesty of the housekeeper they had just hired

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The difficulty for me in pinning the city down geographically is reflected in a broader ideological incertitude; a current questioning of the state’s identity and place. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its Culture, and Why It’s Worth a Closer Look," 23 Nov. 2018 Like him, these TPS recipients will now how to live in incertitude. Fabienne Josaphat, Teen Vogue, "My Father’s Earthquake Survival Story is Why Haitians Need Temporary Protective Status," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of incertitude

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incertitude

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin incertitudo, from Latin in- + Late Latin certitudo certitude

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