Meaning of “uncertainty” in the English Dictionary


"uncertainty" in English

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uncertaintynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ʌnˈsɜː.tən.ti/ us /ʌnˈsɝː.tən.ti/

C1 a situation in which something is not known, or something that is not known or certain:

Nothing is ever decided, and all the uncertainty is very bad for staff morale.
Life is full of uncertainties.

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

"uncertainty" in Business English

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uk /ʌnˈsɜːtənti/ us

[ C or U ] the feeling of not being sure what will happen in the future:

The rule changes 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 commodities prices.
uncertainty about/over When there is uncertainty about financing, then private equity is not so quick to make deals.

(Definition of “uncertainty” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)