unsure

adjective

un·​sure ˌən-ˈshu̇r How to pronounce unsure (audio)
-ˈshər,
 especially Southern  -ˈshȯr
: not marked by or given to feelings of confident certainty : not sure
was unsure of what to do
Phrases
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

Examples of unsure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, to clarify, there are indeed times when generative AI will indicate that an answer or response is unsure, but that is a rarity. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 When a person is unsure of the answer to a question like that, it’s been as rough-and-routinely-tumbling as sports get. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 Interested in figuring out what all of the hype is about but unsure where to start? William Earl, Variety, 13 Feb. 2024 Investors appear to be more unsure of the Fed’s next moves than in the stock market’s ups and downs. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 The confused caller offered an unsure reply and requested the police. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 Sharing her experience helps demystify the experience for those who are unsure about committing to similar interventions after getting life-changing news. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 8 Feb. 2024 Britain now finds itself in an anguished middle ground, aware that its 75-year-old king has a life-threatening disease but unsure exactly what that means. Mark Landler, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Might the optics of Drake’s return to the Grammys stage — and the message that would send to younger rappers unsure whether the Grammys matter — be reason for voters to go his way? Mikael Wood, Twin Cities, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unsure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsure. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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