certitude

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n certitude total certainty or greater certainty than circumstances warrant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Certitude Freedom from doubt; assurance; certainty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n certitude Certainty; complete assurance; freedom from doubt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Certitude .—'A certain person,' implying some degree of contempt
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Quotations

  • Robert Wilson
    Robert Wilson
    “Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. certitudo, fr. L. certus,: cf. F. certitude,. See Certain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. certuscern-ĕre, to decide.

Usage

In literature:

Now he will fly at me, I thought, with a tremendously convincing certitude.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
At that moment he had the certitude.
"Tales Of Hearsay" by Joseph Conrad
But however well founded our suspicion may be, it is not a certitude.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
There had been a certitude that the battle would join about these fords.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Certitude of course is a point, but doubt is a progress; I was not near certitude yet.
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
No; he simply claimed that they were sufficient to produce certitude, which is a different matter.
"The Arena" by Various
No one knew with certitude.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
A most soothing certitude.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
In its concentrated emphasis there was the unmistakable accent of certitude, of expectation gratified.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
She felt sick and helpless, and, practically, she had got the certitude she both wanted and dreaded.
"A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly" by Henry James
Scepticism was widespread, and even the most confident dogmatism could offer no criterion of certitude.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Defer to the you, she has certitude for, me?
"American Poetry, 1922" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Mr. Stephen, however, is well aware that empirical certitude will not supply the place of religion.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
Objective certitude and its unattainability, 13.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
This smug nihilism with its superior air of scientific wisdom, is often only the opposite pole of the dogmatic certitude of the churchman.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
Neither the sense alone, nor the reason alone, were for him a ground of certitude.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
In the clear certitude of such doctrines is a basis for action and for civilization.
"Hilaire Belloc" by C. Creighton Mandell
What liberty, certitude, and independence of judgment; what novelty and freshness of insight!
"On the Future of our Educational Institutions" by Friedrich Nietzsche
It raises him above Faith into Certitude.
"The Prodigal Returns" by Lilian Staveley
Being in an entirely abnormal state, he had a curious certitude of the proper course to adopt.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

Lo! claspt to His atoning breast
In Whom are woe and wrong made just,
Why this regression to the dust—
This loss of certitude and rest?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
So thanks again; in after years
That down the slope of time will range,
With fading hopes and many fears,
And the slow certitude of change.
"The Portrait" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

"Can't say with certitude " lewd image isn't me.
Congressman Anthony Weiner has admitted that he can't say "with certitude " whether or not a lewd photo that was sent from his Twitter account to a 21-year-old college coed is of him.
Anthony Weiner says he 'can't say with certitude ' whether Twitter pic was of his crotch.
Denying he sent a bawdy crotch photo of himself to a co-ed via his Twitter account, embattled Rep Anthony Weiner said today he "can't say with certitude " whether or not he is the person in the picture.
The Quest for Certitude .
Weiner has adamantly denied sending the original crotch pic tweet last month, but when asked last week whether the crotch seen round the world was his, he responded that he could not say with "certitude" it was not.
Anthony Weiner says he 'can't say with certitude' whether Twitter pic was of his crotch .
Denying he sent a bawdy crotch photo of himself to a co-ed via his Twitter account, embattled Rep Anthony Weiner said today he "can't say with certitude" whether or not he is the person in the picture.
Perhaps it is true of most people if you go back far enough, but with Obama and Romney, it can be said with certitude that neither would exist had their ancestors not lived with many wives at once.
"I can't say with certitude".
Last week when I wrote that, I could "Say With Certitude that Weiner is Starting to Remind Me of Chris Lee," I had no idea what awaited us.
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In science:

At the beginning of the nineteenth century Laplace was writing that an infinitely intelligent mathematician would be able to predict with certitude the future by observing the state of the universe now and using his knowledge of the laws of motion.
Complex Systems: a Physicist's Viewpoint
Some quantities can be predicted with certitude and have always the same value inside a small interval (usually of order N −1/2 for a system with N degrees of freedom).
Complex Systems: a Physicist's Viewpoint
The parameter ωi captures one dimension of the agent’s risk aversion: how much certitude she needs to break her hesitation and move into the market.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
The larger her threshold ωi , the larger certitude about future price movements the agent requires in order to start trading.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
The relative extent and region of each process can be ascertained to some certitude from thermodynamic considerations together with planetary data. Even within present limitations, a consistent picture emerges that is quite unlike the so-called “standard model of solar system formation” .
Nature of Planetary Matter and Magnetic Field Generation in the Solar System
Borel, E.: Probabilit ´e et certitude, Presse Univ. de Fr ance, Paris (1950). [English translation: Probability and certainty, Walker publishers (1963).
Algorithmic Information Theory and Foundations of Probability
L’intuition ne peut nous donner la rigeur, ni mˆeme la certitude, on s’en est aper¸cu de plus en plus.
Hopfield models as generalized random mean field models
This 2. Otherwise: (i.e t is nondeterministic) ܧ௤ (݃) is a certitude will take place after the termination of the actions set of non deterministic t i starting in g and indexed by (X).
Extending Refusal Testing by Stochastic Refusals for Testing Non-deterministic Systems
Hence the current state of knowledge allows us to only claim with certitude that all the above mentioned states mix ; some of them even overlap due to large decay widths .
Scalar Mesons and FAIR
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