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Definition of certainty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    certainty

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈsɜːtnti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrtnti//
     
    (pl. certainties)
     
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  1. 1[countable] a thing that is certain political/moral certainties Her return to the team now seems a certainty.
  2. 2[uncountable] the state of being certain There is no certainty that the president's removal would end the civil war. I can't say with any certainty where I'll be next week.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French certainete, from certain, based on Latin certus ‘settled, sure’.Extra examples It’s a virtual certainty that essential foodstuffs will go up in price. It’s difficult to predict with any degree of certainty how much it will cost. The one certainty left in a changing world is death. There seems to be a lack of certainty over what we should do. As we start the new millennium the only certainty is change, and lots of it. I can’t say with any certainty where I’ll be next week. The end of the Cold War marked the collapse of many old political certainties. There is no certainty that the president’s removal would end the civil war.
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