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Definitions of certain

  1. established irrevocably; " his fate is sealed"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. capable of being depended on; " a quick and certain remedy"; " a sure way to distinguish the two"; " wood dust is a sure sign of termites"
  5. 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"
  6. 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"
  7. 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"
  8. Assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions concerning.
  9. Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.
  10. Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.
  11. Unfailing; infallible.
  12. Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.
  13. Certainty.
  14. A certain number or quantity.
  15. Certainly.
  16. Determined; resolved; - used with an infinitive.
  17. Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or some; - sometimes used independenty as a noun, and meaning certain persons.
  18. Sure; fixed or stated; dependable; indefinite, but known to the speaker; as, a certain city.
  19. Sure: fixed: regular: some: one.
  20. CERTAINTY, CERTITUDE.
  21. Sure; fixed; regular; some.
  22. Sure, as matter of fact, expectation, purpose, or the like.
  23. Having a settled belief; assured; confident; positive.
  24. Indefinite; one; some.
  25. Sure; assured; regular; fixed; one; some.
  26. Not doubtful; sure; that cannot be denied; unfailing; fixed or regular.
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Antonyms for certain

doubtful, illegitimate, accidental, mercurial, blurry, undetermined, Conflicted, doubting, fluky, skittish, apocryphal, negotiable, disputable, Contradictable, fickle, unlikely, unresolved, unsure, faint, unthinkable, exploded, unspecified, fuzzy, improbable, incredulous, unpremeditated, shadowy, Fuliginous, incorrect, ill-considered, imprecise, unreliable, elliptical, mysterious, implausible, academic, indefinite, occult, chance, uncompelling, dubitable, unplanned, blear, dark, answerable, ridiculous, debatable, fallacious, ill-advised, enigmatic, nebulous, preposterous, inscrutable, weak, changeful, open-ended, inadvertent, unconvinced, loose, cagey, inexact, inaccurate, vague, volatile, hazardous, Issuable, questioning, pending, dubious, indistinguishable, risky, reticent, inconsistent, opaque, open, nonrational, senseless, illogical, Trustless, shaky, moot, disinclined, unbelieving, iffy, unimaginable, wavering, inconsequent, unclear, ambivalent, unintended, specified, erroneous, infatuated, unassuming, incidental, mistrustful, contingent, fictitious, mistaken, ambiguous, fluctuating, mutable, fantastic, monstrous, enigmatical, ballpark, unbelievable, temperamental, unsubstantiated, indisposed, incredible, indeterminate, unassured, pale, approximative, unsettled, squishy, controversial, unconvincing, fluid, known, undependable, preventable, suspicious, paradoxical, arcane, capricious, groping, skeptical, inconsequential, precarious, unintentional, negativistic, flukey, unstable, ludicrous, disputed, careless, fabulous, changeable, unsealed, inconclusive, inconceivable, variable, hesitant, anomalous, inconstant, spurious, reluctant, false, double-edged, deep, perplexing, chancy, Doubtable, unauthorized, uncertain, named, theoretical, indecisive, hypothetical, counterfeit, hazy, foolish, questionable, misty, wild, unpredictable, casual, fallible, indistinct, absurd, groundless, adjustable, ill-judged, dodgy, problematic, fishy, Controvertible, suspect, speculative, murky, unreasonable, unfounded, Debated, unreasoning, Suspecting, cryptic, equivocal, SHOW-ME, diffident, Unconceivable, irrational, bleary, chimerical, shady, unwarranted, fortuitous, loath, arguable, insecure, disbelieving, avoidable, unsound, undefined, obscure, dim, unwitting, nonsensical, distrustful, nonvalid, refutable, perilous, incertain, evadable, unsteady, up in the air, mystic, vacillating, Foundationless, unsupported, flickery, delphic, gauzy, foggy, baseless, approximate, undecided.

Quotes of certain

  1. I used to watch the world as if it was a performance and I would realize that certain things that people did moved me, and certain things didn't move me, and I tried to analyze, even at that age, six and seven and eight, why I was moved by certain things they did. – Alan Arkin
  2. You know, men and women are a lot alike in certain situations. Like when they're both on fire- they're exactly alike. – Dave Attell
  3. We talked a lot about The Best Intentions and how we could shoot certain scenes in different ways with slightly different bits of dialogue and information, so that later on, we could cut the piece more easily and it would still feel complete, even though it was shorter. – Bille August
  4. It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. – Jacob Bronowski
  5. If you were to ask me if I'd ever had the bad luck to miss my daily cocktail, I'd have to say that I doubt it; where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead. – Luis Bunuel
  6. Again, both literature and philosophy work by appealing to certain reigning idols. – Morris Raphael Cohen
  7. I'm not certain that the BBC can claim to be making a wide enough range of distinctive programmes to make the case convincingly. – Jonathan Dimbleby
  8. I really have no ulterior motive in taking on certain roles. I have no larger issue that I really want to show people. I'm an actor, that's all. I just do what I do. – Sally Field
  9. I've had my moments of insanity. But there is a certain responsibility to set proper examples for your children, and that influences your choices in every aspect of your life. – Andy Garcia
  10. Maybe its a case of one guitar feeling a certain way to the hands that makes one subsequently move differently over the strings, but my intent is always to wring the maximum emotional resonance out of the object in hand. – Gary Lucas
  11. There is a certain phase in the life of the aged when the warmth of the heart seems to increase in direct proportion with the years. – John Phillips Marquand
  12. The international order established at the end of World War II could certainly have been worse. However, this order did contain certain factors which bore within them the seeds of instability. – Eisaku Sato
  13. I find that different types of music are good for certain activities. – Peter Steele
  14. Some persons have lived manly or womanly lives, and they lack but one thing- open confession of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some men think that they must come to him in a certain way- that they must be stirred by emotion or something like that. – Billy Sunday
  15. In fact, it is amazing how much European films- Italian, French, German and English- have recovered a certain territory of the audience in their countries over the last few years. – Wim Wenders

Usage examples for certain

  1. I would almost say that to be certain about other people ... – The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus
  2. I am not certain that we had any chance at all. – Dr. Jolliffe's Boys by Lewis Hough
  3. The Sioux felt certain that they had gone to watch the buffaloes which they had killed. – Three Sioux Scouts by Elmer Russell Gregor
  4. It was him- it was him, I am certain – Old Jack by W.H.G. Kingston
  5. I cannot get on without you, nor any one else either; so that is very certain – Salome by Emma Marshall
  6. Of the narrator's good faith I am certain – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  7. He was certain she couldn't have heard about Mellon's death yet. – Unwise Child by Gordon Randall Garrett
  8. Of one thing only was she certain – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  9. I'm certain he's never seen me before. – Warrior of the Dawn by Howard Carleton Browne
  10. I think we'd better start, he observed, before a certain young man goes out of the window. – Sunny Boy in the Country by Ramy Allison White
  11. " You're no longer certain of yourself. – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  12. But Daniel never felt so certain of himself in his life. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  13. If we follow your advice, it is certain death to them! – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  14. There were certain things to be done. – Ester Ried by Pansy (aka. Isabella M. Alden)
  15. I cannot at this instant tell at what hour I can be certain to be alone; but will find out and let you know in the course of this day. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  16. If she is saved, is it so certain that it will be for Citizen Bruslart? – The Light That Lures by Percy Brebner
  17. But I am certain of this, that you have made a mistake in coming. – The Professor's Mystery by Wells Hastings Brian Hooker
  18. Who can be certain – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  19. One thing is now certain – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  20. He was certain he would never know. – The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones

Rhymes for certain