adjective satellite 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
adjective 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
adjective 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
adjective 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
adjective established irrevocably
adjective satellite reliable in operation or effect
- a quick and certain remedy
- a sure way to distinguish the two
- wood dust is a sure sign of termites
adjective satellite 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
, 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
a sieve, rinse
- Assured in mind; having no doubts; free from suspicions concerning.
To make her certain of the sad event.
I myself am certain of you.
- Determined; resolved; -- used with an infinitive.
However, I with thee have fixed my lot,
Certain to undergo like doom.
- Not to be doubted or denied; established as a fact.
The dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Dan. ii. 45.
- Actually existing; sure to happen; inevitable.
Virtue that directs our ways
Through certain dangers to uncertain praise.
Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
- Unfailing; infallible.
I have often wished that I knew as certain a remedy for any other distemper.
- Fixed or stated; regular; determinate.
The people go out and gather a certain rate every day.
Ex. xvi. 4.
- 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.
Syn. -- Bound; sure; true; undeniable; unquestionable; undoubted; plain; indubitable; indisputable; incontrovertible; unhesitating; undoubting; fixed; stated.
- Certainty. Obs.
- A certain number or quantity. Obs.
- Certainly. Obs.
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