(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.
I myself am certain of you.
2. Determined; resolved; used with an infinitive.
However, I with thee have fixed my lot,
Certain to undergo like doom.
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.
Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
5. Unfailing; infallible.
I have often wished that I knew as certain a remedy for any other distemper.
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. For certain, assuredly. Of a certain, certainly.
Syn. Bound; sure; true; undeniable; unquestionable; undoubted; plain; indubitable; indisputable; incontrovertible; unhesitating; undoubting; fixed; stated.
1. Certainty. [Obs.] Gower.
2. A certain number or quantity. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Cer"tain), adv. Certainly. [Obs.] Milton.
(Cer"tain*ly), adv. Without doubt or question; unquestionably.
(Cer"tain*ness), n. Certainty.
(Cer"tain*ty) n.; pl. Certainties [OF. certaineté.]