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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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.
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.
The uncertainty of a measuring system includes uncertainties of its measuring instruments.
Five hundred thirty-two Taiwanese students responded to a free-response instrument containing 3 questions related to career uncertainties: (a) the sources of career uncertainty, (b) the experiences at the moment of feeling uncertainty, and (c) coping efficacies toward the uncertainty.
This paper focuses upon the uncertainty of force calibration measurements at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Uncertainty about the estimate ranged from 81,535 (5th percentile) to 276,500 illnesses (95th percentile).