['sɜːt(ə)n;-tɪn] or ['sɝtn]
(adj.) exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance; 'be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through'; 'be sure to lock the doors' .
(adj.) certain to occur; destined or inevitable; 'he was certain to fail'; 'his fate is certain'; 'In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes'- Benjamin Franklin; 'he faced certain death'; 'sudden but sure regret'; 'he is sure to win' .
(adj.) reliable in operation or effect; 'a quick and certain remedy'; 'a sure way to distinguish the two'; 'wood dust is a sure sign of termites' .
(adj.) established beyond doubt or question; definitely known; 'what is certain is that every effect must have a cause'; 'it is certain that they were on the bus'; 'his fate is certain'; 'the date for the invasion is certain' .
(adj.) having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured; 'felt certain of success'; 'was sure (or certain) she had seen it'; 'was very sure in his beliefs'; 'sure of her friends' .
(adj.) definite but not specified or identified; 'set aside a certain sum each week'; 'to a certain degree'; 'certain breeds do not make good pets'; 'certain members have not paid their dues'; 'a certain popular teacher'; 'a certain Mrs. Jones' .
Inputed by Eunice--From WordNet
(a.) Assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions concerning.
(a.) Determined; resolved; -- used with an infinitive.
(a.) Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.
(a.) Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.
(a.) Unfailing; infallible.
(a.) Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.
(a.) Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or some; -- sometimes used independenty as a noun, and meaning certain persons.
(n.) A certain number or quantity.
Synonyms and Synonymous
a. . Indubitable, unquestionable, indisputable, undeniable, incontestable, uncontrovertible, unquestioned, undisputed, undoubted, absolute, positive, plain, past dispute, beyond all question, sure as fate, sure as a gun, clear as day, not doubtful.. Sure, assured, confident, undoubting, fully convinced.. Unfailing, infallible, never-failing.. Actual, real, existing.. Settled, determinate, fixed, stated, constant.. One, some, particular.
Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:true, fixed, regular, established, incontrovertible, undoubtful, indubitable,infallible, unmistakable, sure, unfailing, real, actual, undeniable, positive,convinced, assured
ANT:Uncertain, dubious, exceptional, irregular, casual, occasional, questionable,doubtful, vacillating, undecided, uncertain
adj. sure: not to be doubted: resolved: fixed: regular: inevitable: some: one.—advs. Cer′tainly (Scot.) Cer′ty Cer′tie.—ns. Cer′titude Cer′tainty.—'A certain person ' implying some degree of contempt; A lady of a certain age of an age best not stated accurately—at least no longer young.—For certain assuredly.—Moral certainty a conviction so justifiable that one is morally entitled to act on it."
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- Can you speak of the future as if you were certain of it? Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- You've hit it, ma'am: it's quite certain that it was her, and nobody but her, that set it going. Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- Hence, provision was made for carrying a large stock of oil, and for giving a certain period of rest to that already used. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- Upon the main caravan routes the chief towns rose to a certain second-rate prosperity, and foremost among them were Medina and Mecca. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- I have heard reputable physicians condemn a certain method of psychotherapy because it was immoral. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, that we were in the country. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- Andy wasn't certain; he'd only hearn tell about that road, but never been over it. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- Why you are so certain you cannot explain to yourself, but you know it. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- Small holes a few inches apart are cut along a certain length of rock, into which steel wedges are inserted. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- You remember, miss, that we passed some conversation on a certain man this morning? Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Under these circumstances my first impression altered to a certain extent. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- A certain great traveller, who understood the Indians and their language, had figured in Mr. Seegrave's report, hadn't he? Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- A certain Jarndyce, in an evil hour, made a great fortune, and made a great will. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- Stephenson laid down new rails at Killingworth with half-lap joints, or extending over each other for a certain distance at the ends, instead of the butt joints that were formerly used. Rupert S. Holland. Historic Inventions.
- I share this horror when certain socialists begin to propound their schemes. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- That is certain, said Glaucon, taking his turn to answer. Plato. The Republic.
- Secondly, A certain number of sides, which are supposed indifferent. David Hume. A Treatise of Human Nature.
- Possibly they mingled to a certain extent. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- In the latter certain parts of the gun were wrapped with wire in the form of a ribbon. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- You can't think how it elevates him in my opinion, to know for certain that he's really conscientious! Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- A most contrary circumstance it is, for I want certain information out of that girl, and she must be brought to reason somehow. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- In waste and uninclosed lands, any person who discovers a tin mine may mark out its limits to a certain extent, which is called bounding a mine. Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
- All must be brought to a certain level of political development; all must know why they are fighting, and its importance. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- I don't think it is the boy; indeed, I'm almost certain that it isn't. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- It is as certain as death. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- In the words of Dalton, oxygen may combine with a certain portion of nitrous gas [as he called nitric oxide], or with twice that po rtion, but with no intermediate portion. Walter Libby. An Introduction to the History of Science.
- He said that he would return my letter if I would bring him a certain document which he described in my husband's despatch-box. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- Now, you know, I am certain of that, beforehand. Charles Dickens. Hard Times.
- Her resting-place was at a certain stile under a certain old thorn. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- The brooding Lammle, with certain white dints coming and going in his palpitating nose, looked as if some tormenting imp were pinching it. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
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