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certitude

certitude

/ˈsɝtəˌtud/
noun
the feeling of complete certainty

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conviction

conviction

/kənˈvɪkʃən/
noun
a belief or opinion that is very strong

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robust

robust

/ɹoʊˈbəst/
adjective
displaying forcefulness and determination

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tentative

tentative

/ˈtɛnətɪv/, /ˈtɛntətɪv/
adjective
(of an agreement, etc.) indefinite or uncertain because one might make some changes to it in the future

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decidedly

decidedly

/ˌdɪˈsaɪdədɫi/
adverb
in a way that is certain and beyond any doubt

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supposedly

supposedly

/səˈpoʊzədɫi/
adverb
based on what is believed or claimed not on facts
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Supposedly, allegedly, PewDiePie and a couple of other people have saved YouTube and the Community Contribution fiasco.

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presumably

presumably

/pɹəˈzuməbɫi/, /pɹiˈzuməbɫi/, /pɹɪˈzuməbɫi/
adverb
used to say that the thing mentioned is based on an assumption

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inconclusive

inconclusive

/ˌɪnkənˈkɫusɪv/
adjective
not producing a clear result or decision

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notional

notional

/ˈnoʊʃənəɫ/
adjective
being solely based on imagination or theory rather that reality

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surmise

surmise

/sɝˈmaɪz/
noun
an estimation that points out the validity of something without sufficient evidence to confirm it

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educated guess

educated guess

/ˈɛdʒuːkˌeɪɾᵻd ɡˈɛs/
noun
a guess that is made according to one's experience or knowledge thus is more likely to be true

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conjecture

conjecture

/kənˈdʒɛkʃɝ/, /kənˈdʒɛktʃɝ/
noun
an idea that is based on guesswork and not facts

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to guesstimate

to guesstimate

/ˈɡɛstɪmeɪt/, /ˈɡɛstɪmɪt/
verb
to estimate something by calculating and guessing

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to check over

to check over

/tʃˈɛk ˈoʊvɚ/
verb
examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

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to swear by

to swear by

/swˈɛɹ bˈaɪ/
verb
to be certain that something is good or useful

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speculative

speculative

/ˈspɛkjəɫətɪv/
adjective
according to opinions or guesses instead of facts

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to second-guess

to second-guess

/sˈɛkəndɡˈɛs/
verb
to predict or anticipate an event or someone's reaction

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reputedly

reputedly

/ɹɪpˈjutɪdɫi/
adverb
used to say that something is true according to what people say, although it is uncertain

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halting

halting

/ˈhɔɫtɪŋ/
adjective
acting or talking with hesitation due to uncertainty or lack of confidence

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probabilistic

probabilistic

/ˌpɹɑbəbɪˈɫɪstək/
adjective
being solely based on an idea or theory one cannot be certain about

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concrete

concrete

/ˈkɑnkɹit/, /kənˈkɹit/
adjective
according to facts instead of opinions

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to let the dust settle

to let the dust settle

/lˈɛt ðə dˈʌst sˈɛɾəl/
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to allow or wait for a situation to become calm or clear after a period of excitement, confusion, etc.

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paradoxical

paradoxical

/ˌpɛɹəˈdɑksɪkəɫ/
adjective
(of a statement) containing two opposing facts or ideas that make it seem absurd

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foregone conclusion

foregone conclusion

/foːɹɡˈɑːn kənklˈuːʒən/
noun
a result that is definitive

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a long shot

a long shot

/ɐ lˈɑːŋ ʃˈɑːt/
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used to refer to something that is likely to fail but worth a try

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to cross-check

to cross-check

/kɹˈɔstʃˈɛk/
verb
to check the accuracy or validity of something by using alternative sources or methods

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categorical

categorical

/ˌkætəˈɡɑɹɪkəɫ/, /ˌkætəˈɡɔɹɪkəɫ/
adjective
without a doubt

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cinch

cinch

/ˈsɪntʃ/
noun
someone who will surely do something; something that will surely happen

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beyond doubt

beyond doubt

/bɪjˌɑːnd dˈaʊt/
adverb
without a doubt; used to show certainty

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if in doubt

if in doubt

/ɪf ɪn dˈaʊt/
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‌used to offer advice or instructions to someone who is incapable of making decisions

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