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uncertainty

(ŭn″sĕrt′ăn-tē)
The state of being uncertain; feelings of doubt, ambiguity.
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In some preliminary uncertainty as to her choice she looked about among the guests, and caught the eye of a gentleman in the front ranks.
And this was what caused his dubious, inquiring, sometimes hostile, expression, and the shyness and uncertainty which Vronsky found so irksome.
As Will dwelt on them with excited imagination, he felt his cheeks and ears burning at the thought of what had occurred between Dorothea and Rosamond-- at the uncertainty how far Dorothea might still feel her dignity wounded in having an explanation of his conduct offered to her.
I had certain directions to give to my representatives, which might spare them some trouble and uncertainty in the event of my death.
"I do not like uncertainty," said Fouquet; "let us go straight up to him."
"At least," objected Gourville, "there is still uncertainty; you are about to appear at the States; you are about to show what sort of man you are; your eloquence and genius for business are the buckler and sword that will serve to defend you, if not to conquer with.
"One step beyond that boundary line which resembles the line dividing the living from the dead lies uncertainty, suffering, and death.
groans, suffering, fear, and this uncertainty and hurry...
[2] Nonstandard abbreviations: TE-TFG, Total Error Task and Finish Group; TAE, total analytical error; MU, measurement uncertainty; PT, proficiency testing; EQA, external quality assessment; GUM, Guide to Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement; QC, quality control; SQC, statistical quality control; CLSI, Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute.
From quantum mechanics and economics to the movies, music, and books we enjoy, uncertainty is ubiquitous.
Uncertainty affects all aspects of economics [Bachman et al., 2013; Bloom, 2009].
The current political and economic climate has contributed to some of the highest levels of uncertainty seen for decades, say PwC economists in their latest Global Economy Watch.