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 certain certain

adj

  • () having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured  ( certain, sure )
    having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured
     felt certain of success
    felt certain of success
     was sure (or certain) she had seen it
    was sure (or certain) she had seen it
     was very sure in his beliefs
    was very sure in his beliefs
     sure of her friends
    sure of her friends
  • () established beyond doubt or question; definitely known  ( certain )
    established beyond doubt or question; definitely known
     what is certain is that every effect must have a cause
    what is certain is that every effect must have a cause
     it is certain that they were on the bus
    it is certain that they were on the bus
     his fate is certain
    his fate is certain
     the date for the invasion is certain
    the date for the invasion is certain
  • () certain to occur; destined or inevitable  ( certain, sure )
    certain to occur; destined or inevitable
     he was certain to fail
    he was certain to fail
     his fate is certain
    his fate is certain
     In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes
    In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes
     he faced certain death
    he faced certain death
     sudden but sure regret
    sudden but sure regret
     he is sure to win
    he is sure to win
  • established irrevocably  ( certain, sealed )
    established irrevocably
     his fate is sealed
    his fate is sealed
  • () definite but not specified or identified  ( certain )
    definite but not specified or identified
     set aside a certain sum each week
    set aside a certain sum each week
     to a certain degree
    to a certain degree
     certain breeds do not make good pets
    certain breeds do not make good pets
     certain members have not paid their dues
    certain members have not paid their dues
     a certain popular teacher
    a certain popular teacher
     a certain Mrs. Jones
    a certain Mrs. Jones
  • exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance  ( certain, sure )
    exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance
     be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through
    be certain to disconnect the iron when you are through
     be sure to lock the doors
    be sure to lock the doors
  • reliable in operation or effect  ( certain, sure )
    reliable in operation or effect
     a quick and certain remedy
    a quick and certain remedy
     a sure way to distinguish the two
    a sure way to distinguish the two
     wood dust is a sure sign of termites
    wood dust is a sure sign of termites