from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of being certain; complete assurance; confidence.
- n. Sureness of occurrence or result; inevitability.
- n. Something that is assured or unfailing: "eager to swap the hazards of American freedom for the gray certitudes of Soviet life” ( Time). See Synonyms at certainty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. sureness, certainty
- n. Something that is a certainty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Freedom from doubt; assurance; certainty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Certainty; complete assurance; freedom from doubt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. total certainty or greater certainty than circumstances warrant
This is also the first time I have publicly used the word certitude since hearing it for the first time a few days ago.
It is worthy of notice, as regards the use of English terms, that Newman reserves the term certitude for the state of mind, and employs the word certainty to describe the condition of the evidence of a proposition.
All eyes, however, were staring at him in certitude of expectancy.
I hope in an era where sound bites pass for wisdom and where certitude is somehow a virtue that readers will reflect a little on the ambiguities of the human heart.
This sort of moral certitude is exactly what turns off many veteran teachers in Washington.
One way to immunize ourselves against misplaced certitude is to contemplate — even to savor — the unfathomable strangeness of everything, including ourselves.
The way pundits get their certitude is by closing their ears and assuming they know it all.
All one can say with certitude is that different women define and relate to feminism differently.
The word certitude indicates both a state of mind and a quality of a proposition, according as we say, "I am certain", or, "It is certain".
One way to immunize ourselves against misplaced certitude is to contemplateâ€” even to savorâ€” the unfathomable strangeness of everything, including ourselves.