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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Brown said the bids were reviewed but contractors were unsure of the demolition price because of potential asbestos issues. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Vacant dance hall in New Chicago destroyed by fire, putting plans for development on hold," 13 July 2018 These are not the actions of a man unsure of himself, or prone to unnecessary patience. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Hello, KU AD Jeff Long. Goodbye, football coach David Beaty," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, City defender Zinchenko is also back in training, but is unsure of his future after the club accepted a £16m offer for his services from Wolves. SI.com, "Man City to Help Joe Hart Secure Move Away This Summer Following Horrendous Loan Spells," 10 July 2018 When greeting the Archbishop of Canterbury before entering the venue, Charlotte looked unsure as to whether to speak to him or not. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Had the Most Adorable Dad Moment at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 No single grower, harvester, processor, or distributor has been blamed, and investigators are still unsure whether contamination happened during the growing, washing, chopping, or bagging process. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "America’s Enduring Failure to Prevent Food-Borne Illness," 9 July 2018 Again, all of this has special meaning for Trump – and for Republicans, who have been largely unsure of how to challenge him on trade – because the economy is one area where Trump is doing well with voters. NBC News, "Trade war could turn Trump's biggest strength into weakness," 8 July 2018 Zoellner is unsure how many people — if any — stuck around for the show. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Fireworks rescheduled in south suburbs after storms," 5 July 2018 The challenge from the nationalist right is dividing Europe’s established conservative parties, including Ms. Merkel’s Christian Democrats, who helped build the EU and are now unsure how to defend it. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Europe’s Nativist Swing Casts Shadow Over Establishment," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of unsure

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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