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The act or process of emerging.
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  1. The act or process of emerging.
  2. The act of rising out of a fluid, or coming forth from envelopment or concealment, or of rising into view; sudden uprising or appearance.
  3. In particular: the arising of emergent structure in complex systems.
Something that perplexes:
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  1. Something that perplexes:
  2. The condition of being perplexed; bewilderment; confusion
  3. Something that is perplexed, or complicated
A feeling of uncertainty or distrust:
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  1. A feeling of uncertainty or distrust:
  2. (Obs.) Apprehension or fear
  3. The condition of being unsettled or unresolved:
The condition of being doubtful or uncertain.
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  1. The condition of being doubtful or uncertain.
  2. (Countable) A particular instance of doubt or uncertainty.
  3. A feeling or matter of doubt:
(Rare) The state or characteristic of being dubious.
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  1. (Rare) The state or characteristic of being dubious.
  2. Vague doubt or uncertainty
  1. (US) A studied attitude of questioning and doubt
  2. A methodology based on an assumption of doubt with the aim of acquiring approximate or relative certainty.
  3. Doubt or disbelief of religious tenets.
  1. A puzzle.
  2. The state of being confused or baffled; perplexity.
A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma
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  1. A state of uncertainty; perplexing situation or position; dilemma
The act of mystifying or the condition of being mystified.
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  1. The act of mystifying or the condition of being mystified.
  2. Something intended to mystify.
  3. The fact or condition of being mystified.
The process of making guesses.
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  1. The process of making guesses.
  2. An estimate, judgment or opinion made by guessing, from limited information.
  3. A judgment, result, etc. arrived at by guessing
An opinion or conclusion based on guesswork:
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  1. An opinion or conclusion based on guesswork:
  2. Opinion or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork.
  3. An inferring, theorizing, or predicting from incomplete or uncertain evidence; guesswork
Reluctance or an inability to make up one's mind; irresolution.
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  1. Reluctance or an inability to make up one's mind; irresolution.
  2. The inability to decide on a course of action, especially if two or more possibilities exist.
  3. Lack of decision; inability to decide or tendency to change the mind frequently; hesitation or vacillation
Uncertainty or indecisiveness as to which course to follow.
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  1. Uncertainty or indecisiveness as to which course to follow.
  2. Simultaneous conflicting feelings toward a person or thing, as love and hate
A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or unsatisfactory.
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  1. A situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or unsatisfactory.
  2. Any serious problem
  3. (Usage Problem) A problem that seems to defy a satisfactory solution.
An uncertain state of mind; doubt
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  1. An uncertain state of mind; doubt
  2. Uncertainty.
  3. Uncertainty, doubt, insecurity
The state or condition of being questionable; dubiousness.
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(Countable) An amount of money which a party to a contract has to pay to the other party (usually the supplier of a major project to the client) if he or she does not fulfill the contract according to the specification.
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  1. (Countable) An amount of money which a party to a contract has to pay to the other party (usually the supplier of a major project to the client) if he or she does not fulfill the contract according to the specification.
  2. A future event or circumstance whose occurrence is not certain. A future event or circumstance whose occurrence is not certain.
  3. Something whose occurrence depends on chance or uncertain conditions; a possible, unforeseen, or accidental occurrence
(Literary) Darkness; the absence of light.
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  1. (Literary) Darkness; the absence of light.
  2. The quality of being difficult to understand; a thing that is difficult to understand.
  3. An instance of being imperfectly known or difficult to understand.
(Uncountable) The condition of being unclear; vague.
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  1. (Uncountable) The condition of being unclear; vague.
  2. (Countable) Something which is vague, or an instance or example of vagueness.
Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation:
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  1. Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation:
  2. Something of doubtful meaning:
  3. A confusion or uncertainty about the intention or meaning, especially of a provision in a contract or statute. A confusion or uncertainty about the intention or meaning, especially of a provision in a contract or statute.
A feeling of uncertainty or distrust:
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  1. A feeling of uncertainty or distrust:
  2. (Obs.) Apprehension or fear
  3. The condition of being unsettled or unresolved:
A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs:
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  1. A troublesome or embarrassing state of affairs, especially of financial affairs:
  2. The condition or quality of being difficult:
  3. Something not easily done, accomplished, comprehended, or solved:
Lack of coherence; the quality or state of being incoherent
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  1. Lack of coherence; the quality or state of being incoherent
  2. (Countable) Something incoherent.
  3. Incoherent speech, thought, etc.
Something intricate:
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  1. Something intricate:
  2. Something intricate; involved matter, proceeding, etc.
  3. That which is intricate or involved; as, the intricacy of a knot; the intricacy of accounts; the intricacy of a cause in controversy; the intricacy of a plot.
The state or condition of being inconclusive.
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  1. The state or condition of being inconclusive.
The quality or state of being improbable; unlikelihood.
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  1. The quality or state of being improbable; unlikelihood.
  2. Something improbable.
  3. That which is improbable; an improbable event or result.
The unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seems to have no assignable cause.
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  1. The unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seems to have no assignable cause.
  2. A favorable set of circumstances; an opportunity:
  3. A force assumed to cause events that cannot be foreseen or controlled; luck:
The quality or state of being mutable.
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  1. The quality or state of being mutable.
Money returned as the difference between the price of something bought and the bill or coin of larger denomination given in payment
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  1. Money returned as the difference between the price of something bought and the bill or coin of larger denomination given in payment
  2. The replacing of one thing for another; substitution:
  3. The act, process, or result of altering or modifying:
(Uncountable) The quality of being unpredictable.
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  1. (Uncountable) The quality of being unpredictable.
  2. (Countable) Something which is unpredictable.
Something that is possible:
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  1. Something that is possible:
  2. One that is capable of being chosen or of being made real:
  3. The chance of something’s happening, regardless of whether or not it actually occurs; a contingent interest in property, whether real or personal. The chance of something’s happening, regardless of whether or not it actually occurs; a contingent interest in property, whether real or personal.
A possibility that must be prepared for; a future emergency.
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  1. A possibility that must be prepared for; a future emergency.
  2. The condition of being dependent on chance; uncertainty.
  3. Something whose occurrence depends on chance or uncertain conditions; a possible, unforeseen, or accidental occurrence
A portion of a field of vision that is obstructed to the viewer; specif., any area behind a vehicle that a driver cannot view with his or her rearview mirrors
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  1. A portion of a field of vision that is obstructed to the viewer; specif., any area behind a vehicle that a driver cannot view with his or her rearview mirrors
  2. The small region of the retina where fibers of the optic nerve emerge from the eyeball. The blind spot has no rods or cones, so no light or visual image can be transmitted.
  3. An area that one cannot see because of an obstruction.
A toy or problem for testing cleverness, skill, or ingenuity; often, specif., jigsaw puzzle
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  1. A toy or problem for testing cleverness, skill, or ingenuity; often, specif., jigsaw puzzle
  2. A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.
  3. A question, problem, etc. that puzzles
A perplexing, usually ambiguous, statement; riddle
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  1. A perplexing, usually ambiguous, statement; riddle
  2. One that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable.
  3. A perplexing, baffling, or seemingly inexplicable matter, person, etc.
A problem; matter open to discussion or inquiry
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  1. A problem; matter open to discussion or inquiry
  2. A matter of concern or difficulty; a problem:
  3. Uncertainty; doubt:
An empty space, esp. one to be filled in on a printed form, school test, etc.
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  1. An empty space, esp. one to be filled in on a printed form, school test, etc.
  2. A manufactured article of a standard shape or form that is ready for final processing, as by stamping or cutting:
  3. Something without information or thought:
The state of being empty in mind; lack of intelligence, interest, or thought; vacuity
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  1. The state of being empty in mind; lack of intelligence, interest, or thought; vacuity
  2. An unoccupied position or job.
  3. (Now Rare) The state of being free from work, activity, etc.; idleness
A labyrinth; a puzzle consisting of a complicated network of paths or passages, the aim of which is to find one's way.
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  1. A labyrinth; a puzzle consisting of a complicated network of paths or passages, the aim of which is to find one's way.
  2. A physical situation in which it is easy to get lost:
  3. A confusing, intricate network of winding pathways; specif., such a network with one or more pathways that are shut off at their ends, used as in behavioral testing of animals
A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena, especially one that has been repeatedly tested or is widely accepted and can be used to make predictions about natural phenomena.
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  1. A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena, especially one that has been repeatedly tested or is widely accepted and can be used to make predictions about natural phenomena.
  2. The branch of a science or art consisting of its explanatory statements, accepted principles, and methods of analysis, as opposed to practice:
  3. Abstract reasoning; speculation:
One considered with respect to the possibility of loss:
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  1. One considered with respect to the possibility of loss:
  2. A factor, thing, element, or course involving uncertain danger; a hazard:
  3. Liability for injury, loss, or damage, by statute placed upon the manufacturer rather than the consumer, should it happen from normal use of a product.
Shot in the dark
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Something of doubtful meaning:
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  1. Something of doubtful meaning:
  2. A confusion or uncertainty about the intention or meaning, especially of a provision in a contract or statute. A confusion or uncertainty about the intention or meaning, especially of a provision in a contract or statute.
  3. Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation:
The state or quality of being ambiguous; ambiguity
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The property of being obscure (e.g. information).
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  1. The property of being obscure (e.g. information).
  2. The property of being murky (e.g. liquid, style).
  3. The state of being cloudy (e.g. weather).
The characteristic of being indefinite.
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  1. The characteristic of being indefinite.
The characteristic of being nebulous.
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  1. The characteristic of being nebulous.
An obscure person or thing
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  1. An obscure person or thing
  2. An instance of being imperfectly known or difficult to understand.
  3. The state of being unknown; a thing that is unknown.
The property of being unclear.
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  1. The property of being unclear.
  2. An instance of being unclear.
(Countable) Something which is vague, or an instance or example of vagueness.
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  1. (Countable) Something which is vague, or an instance or example of vagueness.
  2. (Uncountable) The condition of being unclear; vague.
A point about which one is uncertain or skeptical:
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  1. A point about which one is uncertain or skeptical:
  2. (Obs.) Apprehension or fear
  3. The condition of being unsettled or unresolved:
The state or quality of being doubtful; doubt; uncertainty.
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The condition of being doubtful or uncertain.
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  1. The condition of being doubtful or uncertain.
  2. (Countable) A particular instance of doubt or uncertainty.
  3. A feeling or matter of doubt:
The state of being dubious.
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Uncertainty.
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  1. Uncertainty.
  2. An uncertain state of mind; doubt
  3. Uncertainty, doubt, insecurity
Lack of trust or confidence:
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  1. Lack of trust or confidence:
  2. Lack of trust or confidence; suspicion; doubt
A matter of concern or difficulty; a problem:
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  1. A matter of concern or difficulty; a problem:
  2. Doubt; uncertainty
  3. Uncertainty; doubt:
(US) A methodology that starts from a neutral standpoint and aims to acquire certainty though scientific or logical observation.
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  1. (US) A methodology that starts from a neutral standpoint and aims to acquire certainty though scientific or logical observation.
  2. Doubt or disbelief of religious tenets.
  3. (US) A studied attitude of questioning and doubt
The condition of being suspected, especially of wrongdoing:
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  1. The condition of being suspected, especially of wrongdoing:
  2. The state or feeling of having no confidence or certainty about something; distrust:
  3. The act or an instance of suspecting something on little or no evidence:
The feeling of surprise, admiration, and awe aroused by something strange, unexpected, incredible, etc.
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  1. The feeling of surprise, admiration, and awe aroused by something strange, unexpected, incredible, etc.
  2. A person, thing, or event that causes astonishment and admiration; prodigy; marvel
  3. One that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration; a marvel:

Synonym Study

  • Skepticism implies an unwillingness to believe, often a habitual disposition to doubt, in the absence of absolute certainty or proof
  • Dubiosity connotes uncertainty characterized by vagueness or confusion
  • Dubiety suggests uncertainty characterized by wavering between conclusions
  • Doubt implies such a lack of conviction, as through absence of sufficient evidence, that there can be no certain opinion or decision there is doubt about his guilt
  • Uncertainty ranges in implication from a mere lack of absolute sureness uncertainty about a date of birth to such vagueness as to preclude anything more than guesswork the uncertainty of the future
Find another word for uncertainty. In this page you can discover 81 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for uncertainty, like: emergence, perplexity, doubt, dubiety, dubiosity, skepticism, puzzlement, quandary, mystification, guesswork and conjecture.