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Uncertainty and being uncertain

uncertainty

noun

the fact that something is not known or has not been decided

doubt

noun

a feeling of not being certain about something

reservation

noun

a feeling of doubt about whether something is good or right

question

noun

a feeling of doubt about something

reserve

noun

a feeling of doubt about whether something is good or right

scepticism

noun

doubts that someone has about something that other people think is true or right

a question mark over something

a doubt about whether something is good or correct, or whether it will be successful

if/when in doubt

if you are not certain: used when giving advice or instructions

grey area

noun

a situation in which the rules are not clear, or in which you are not sure what is right or wrong

doubt yourself

to think that you may be making a mistake

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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