uncertainty


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uncertainty

[¦ən′sərt·ən·tē]
(science and technology)
The estimated amount by which an observed or calculated value may depart from the true value.
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Astor to Captain Sowle, the commander of the Beaver, were, in some respects, hypothetical, in consequence of the uncertainty resting upon the previous steps of the enterprise.
And again the boat appeared and the Fay, but about the attitude of the latter there was more of care and uncertainty and less of elastic joy.
I do not like uncertainty," said Fouquet; "let us go straight up to him.
One step beyond that boundary line which resembles the line dividing the living from the dead lies uncertainty, suffering, and death.
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.
She looked at him in sheer amazement, amazement tempered just a little with a sort of tremulous uncertainty.
But when the first leaves peeped out of the earth Boxtel was fully convinced; and his telescope left him no longer in any uncertainty before they had grown one inch in height.
Her objection to his present course of proceeding related entirely to the mystery in which it was involved, and to the uncertainty in which the household was left as to the hour of his return.
The one chance of relieving his mind from the dreadful uncertainty that oppressed it, by obtaining positive evidence of the truth, was a chance annihilated by the Countess's death.
A nervous uncertainty in the eye on the same side narrowly escaped presenting the deformity of a "cast.
And he had been very good--he said that if, in view of the expense and uncertainty of the operation, I should decide not to risk it, he would not blame me in the least.
All very right that he should remain to comfort and help his sister, but he might have written to tell me how she was, or at least to tell me when to expect his return; for he might have known I was suffering tortures of anxiety for her, and uncertainty for my own future prospects.