1. Not certain; not having certain knowledge; not assured in mind; distrustful.
Man, without the protection of a superior Being, . . . is uncertain of everything that he hopes for. --Tillotson.
2. Irresolute; inconsonant; variable; untrustworthy; as, an uncertain person; an uncertain breeze.
O woman! in our hours of ease,
Uncertain, coy, and hard to please! --Sir W. Scott.
3. Questionable; equivocal; indefinite; problematical. “The fashion of uncertain evils.”
From certain dangers to uncertain praise. --Dryden.
4. Not sure; liable to fall or err; fallible.
Soon bent his bow, uncertain in his aim. --Dryden.
Whistling slings dismissed the uncertain stone. --Gay.
Syn: -- See Precarious.
Un·cer·tain, v. t. To make uncertain. [Obs.]
adj 1: lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance;
"uncertain of his convictions"; "unsure of himself and
his future"; "moving with uncertain (or unsure)
steps"; "an uncertain smile"; "touched the ornaments
with uncertain fingers" [syn: unsure, incertain]
[ant: certain(p), certain(p)]
2: not established beyond doubt; still undecided or unknown;
"an uncertain future"; "a manuscript of uncertain origin";
"plans are still uncertain"; "changes of great if
uncertain consquences"; "without further evidence his
story must remain uncertain" [ant: certain(p)]
3: not established or confirmed; "his doom is as yet unsealed"
[syn: unsealed] [ant: sealed]
4: not firm or secure; "balancing three boxes in an uncertain
5: not certain to occur; not inevitable; "everything is
uncertain about the army"; "the issue is uncertain" [ant:
6: subject to change; "a changeable climate"; "the weather is
uncertain"; "unsettled weather with rain and hail and
sunshine coming one right after the other" [syn: changeable,
7: not safe from danger or mishap; "faced an uncertain future";
"an unsure existence" [syn: unsure]
8: not consistent or dependable; "an uncertain recollection of
events"; "a gun with a rather uncertain trigger"
9: ambiguous (especially in the negative); "she spoke in no