Definitions for: Certain


[adj] 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"
[adj] 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"
[adj] 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"
[adj] established irrevocably; "his fate is sealed"



Webster (1913) Definition: Cer"tain, a. [F. certain, fr. (assumed) LL. certanus,
fr. L. certus determined, fixed, certain, orig. p. p. of
cernere to perceive, decide, determine; akin to Gr. ? to
decide, separate, and to E. concern, critic, crime, riddle a
sieve, rinse, v.]
1. Assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions
concerning.

To make her certain of the sad event. --Dryden.

I myself am certain of you. --Wyclif.

2. Determined; resolved; -- used with an infinitive.

However, I with thee have fixed my lot, Certain to
undergo like doom. --Milton.

3. Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.

The dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof
sure. --Dan. ii. 45.

4. Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.

Virtue that directs our ways Through certain dangers
to uncertain praise. --Dryden.

Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
--Shak.

5. Unfailing; infallible.

I have often wished that I knew as certain a remedy
for any other distemper. --Mead.

6. Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.

The people go out and gather a certain rate every
day. --Ex. xvi. 4.

7. Not specifically named; indeterminate; indefinite; one or
some; -- sometimes used independenty as a noun, and
meaning certain persons.

It came to pass when he was in a certain city.
--Luke. v. 12.

About everything he wrote there was a certain
natural grace und decorum. --Macaulay.

For certain, assuredly.

Of a certain, certainly.

Syn: Bound; sure; true; undeniable; unquestionable;
undoubted; plain; indubitable; indisputable;
incontrovertible; unhesitating; undoubting; fixed;
stated.


Cer"tain, n.
1. Certainty. [Obs.] --Gower.

2. A certain number or quantity. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Cer"tain, adv.
Certainly. [Obs.] --Milton.

Synonyms: bound(p), careful, dependable, destined, doomed, fated, foreordained, in for(p), predestinate, predestined, reliable, sealed, sure

Antonyms: uncertain, unsealed

See Also: predictable

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