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noun uncertainty pronunciation in British English /ʌnˈsɜː(r)t(ə)nti/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a nervous feeling that you have because you think bad things might happen
    a week of anxiety and uncertainty
    uncertainty about/over/as to: Minimize uncertainty about the future by taking expert advice.
    1. a.
      the fact that something is not known or has not been decided
      uncertainty about/over/as to: There is uncertainty as to how this research can be used.
      a degree of uncertainty (=some uncertainty): There’s still a degree of uncertainty about the time of the accident.
      uncertainty surrounds something (=people are very uncertain about it): There is some uncertainty surrounding the future of the club.
  2. 2
    [countable] something that you cannot be certain about or cannot depend on
    Uncertainties remain about the factory’s long-term future.


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