un·​sure | \ ˌən-ˈshu̇r How to pronounce unsure (audio) , -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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One man slowed cycling traffic and others guided first responders, who were unsure of how to reach the cycling path from the road. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Head-on bike collision on Denver’s Cherry Creek Trail renews talk about speed and safety," 26 June 2019 Around 38% respondents are unsure of achieving their targets. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Indian millennials’ life goals are evolving rapidly. But honey, where’s the money?," 24 June 2019 The individual was unable to provide officers with much information and was unsure of their whereabouts. oregonlive.com, "Poison ivy itch can be dangerous behind the wheel: Forest Grove Police Log," 24 June 2019 Thompson was unsure of how body cameras would have changed the situation seen in the video. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "Body cameras rolled out to Phoenix police in South Mountain area," 20 June 2019 Another spot where moms may be unsure of their rights is in a courtroom. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Here’s Where You Can — and Can’t — Legally Breastfeed in the U.S.," 13 June 2019 VanOekel was born and grew up in Virginia, played soccer throughout high school, and then was unsure of where his soccer career would take him next. Cheryl Wray, al.com, "Birmingham Legion FC goalie Matt VanOekel embraces new Alabama home," 6 June 2019 While Duba is unsure of the accuracy, the speedometer says he's gone 20 miles in the truck. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Can a Lawnmower Engine Start a Dodge Ram? Sure, Why Not," 14 May 2019 But by that time, doctors were unsure whether the disease had been caught in time, Oblisk said. al.com, "What is Rocky Mountain spotted fever? Ticks spread rare, deadly disease," 3 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of unsure

: not certain about something : not sure

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