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uncertaintynoun [C or U]

uk   /ʌnˈsɜː.tən.ti/  us   /-ˈsɝː.tən.t̬i/
C1 a ​situation in which something is not ​known, or something that is not ​known or ​certain: Nothing is ​everdecided, and all the uncertainty is very ​bad for ​staffmorale. Life is ​full of uncertainties.

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(Definition of uncertainty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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uncertaintynoun

uk   us   /ʌnˈsɜːtənti/
[C or U] the ​feeling of not being sure what will ​happen in the future: The ​rulechanges are complicated and cause uncertainty for ​workers and headaches for ​employers. At a ​time of economic uncertainty, ​risk taking can seem particularly difficult. There are uncertainties that ​loom over ​commoditiesprices.uncertainty about/over When there is uncertainty about ​financing, then ​privateequity is not so quick to make ​deals.
(Definition of uncertainty from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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