unsure

adjective
un·​sure | \ ˌən-ˈshu̇r , -ˈshər, especially Southern -ˈshȯr\

Definition of unsure

: not marked by or given to feelings of confident certainty : not sure was unsure of what to do
unsure of oneself
: lacking confidence in one's abilities … he's a little unsure of himself when it comes to the music world …— Seth Mnookin

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Fashion Week can be full of trends that look cool on models, but leave the rest of us just a little unsure about how the heck we're supposed to pull it off IRL. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Bumble and bumble and Christian Cowan Collaborate on Fanny Pack for Spring/Summer 2019 Collection," 9 Sep. 2018 But all of history must have been a scary time for women if men were wandering around until right now unsure of the difference between flirting and rape. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Difference Between Rape and Flirting," 20 July 2018 Although Trump ended family separations in an executive order last week, many parents are still trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare, far from their children and unsure how they will be reunited. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Separated and deported: A father's story," 26 June 2018 Although Trump ended family separations in an executive order last week, many parents are still trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare, far from their children and unsure how they will be reunited. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. officials separated him from his daughter. Then he was deported to El Salvador.," 24 June 2018 As the pair prepared to get into Queen Elizabeth‘s waiting Bentley after disembarking from the royal train, there was a moment of confusion as Meghan appeared unsure who should get into the car first. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "How the Queen Avoided an Awkward Car Moment with Meghan Markle: ‘You Go First’," 14 June 2018 This one-sided reality reached an apex in March 2015, when a pair of behind-the-back dribbles from Curry sent Paul stumbling to the Staples Center court and straight into a million memes mocking his unsure footing. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Rockets’ Upset Hopes Hang on Chris Paul’s Hamstring," 25 May 2018 To the extent that the court’s decade-long reticence can be explained by justices being unsure of Anthony Kennedy’s swing vote, that excuse has expired—and only four votes are needed to hear a case. Ilya Shapiro, WSJ, "The Supreme Court Is Too Gun-Shy on the Second Amendment," 2 Jan. 2019 We should not be condemned for being unsure of how to move through pain. Amandla Stenberg, Teen Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Writes About Her Sexual Assaults," 6 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of unsure

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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unsure

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unsure

: not certain about something : not sure

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