incertitude

noun
in·​cer·​ti·​tude | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsər-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce incertitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of incertitude

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
Recent Examples on the Web In an offseason of inactivity and incertitude, Bloom’s marquee move will be hiring a new manager. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox deserve no credit for making the only real choice they had," 15 Jan. 2020 But underneath the skepticism, something else nagged at me: the sense that my incertitude was a metastasis of our jittery, gaslit world, where baseline reality is increasingly in dispute. New York Times, "The Cell, the Spell and the Mystery of ‘Sea Wall/A Life’," 27 Aug. 2019 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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“Incertitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incertitude. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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