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certain

(Fixed), adjective absolute, assured, attested, certified, changeless, conclusive, confident, confirmed, decisive, definite, determinate, determined, firm, incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, inescapable, inevitable, infallible, irrefragable, irrefutable, official, positive, reliable, settled, stable, static, sure, unambiguous, unanswerable, unappealable, unchanging, undeniable, undisputed, unerring, unmistakable, unpreventable, unquestionable
Associated concepts: absolutely certain, capable of being rennered certain, certain powers and privileges, sum certain

certain

(Particular), adjective certus, distinct, exact, exclusive, individual, marked, peculiar, precise, singular, special, specific, specified, unique

certain

(Positive), adjective absolute, actual, assertive, assured, attested, authoritative, axiomatic, beyond a shadow of doubt, beyond all dissute, beyond all question, capable of proof, certified, certus, changeless, clear, clear-cut, clearly known, conclusive, concrete, confident, consistent, correct, credulous, decided, decisive, definite, demonstrable, demonstrated, dependable, distinct, ensured, established, evident, evidential, existing, final, fully convinced, guaranteed, inalterable, inappealable, incommutable, incontestable, incontrovertible, inconvertible, indefeasible, indestructible, indisputable, inerrant, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, infallible, inflexible, invariable, inviolate, irreducible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irresistible, irresoluble, irreversible, irrevocable, knowing, past dispute, persuaded, questionless, real, reliable, right, satisfied, self-evident, settled, stated, sure, tangible, true to the facts, unaltered, unambiguous, unassailable, unavoidable, unchangeable, unconfuted, undeniable, undeviating, undoubted, undoubtful, undoubting, unequivocal, unerring, unfailing, unhesitating, unimpeachable, unqualified, unquestionable, unquestioned, unshakable, unsusceptible of change, unvarying, valid, veracious, verifiable, void of suspicion
Associated concepts: capable of being rendered certain

certain

(Specific), adjective appropriate, ascertained, assigned, bounded, categorical, characteristic, choice, clear-cut, clearly defined, clearly stated, definite, designated, determinate, distinct, esoteric, especial, exact, exclusive, explicit, express, expressed, fixed, individual, limited, marked, noteworthy, particular, peculiar, precise, prescribed, quidam, respective, restricted, select, settled, singular, specified, stated, well-defined
See also: absolute, actual, authentic, axiomatic, conclusive, concrete, constant, convincing, corporeal, de facto, decisive, definite, dependable, determinative, dogmatic, explicit, express, incontestable, indubious, inescapable, inevitable, irrefutable, lucid, necessary, official, palpable, peremptory, pertinacious, positive, reliable, resounding, safe, secure, separate, several, special, specific, tangible, true, unalienable, unambiguous, unavoidable, undeniable, undisputed, unequivocal, unmistakable, unrefutable
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I should not, however, on this account have ventured at once on the examination of all the difficulties of the sciences which presented themselves to me, for this would have been contrary to the order prescribed in the method, but observing that the knowledge of such is dependent on principles borrowed from philosophy, in which I found nothing certain, I thought it necessary first of all to endeavor to establish its principles.
It has already been casually remarked that certain organs in the individual, which when mature become widely different and serve for different purposes, are in the embryo exactly alike.
In some cases, however, the mature animal is generally considered as lower in the scale than the larva, as with certain parasitic crustaceans.
If I give you a cheek for this sum, about which they are certain, could you take it on yourself to let the matter rest?
Ill-luck would have it that the day came when Alencon was guilty of believing that the chevalier had not always comported himself as a gentleman should, and that in fact he was secretly married in his old age to a certain Cesarine,--the mother of a child which had had the impertinence to come into the world without being called for.
He had given his hand," as a certain Monsieur du Bousquier remarked, "to the person who had long had him under irons.
Razumov, certain of relief, went to meet Councillor Mikulin with he eagerness of a pursued person welcoming any sort of shelter.
deposited in his patriotic breast, a display of bureaucratic stoicism in a Russian official's ineradicable, almost sublime contempt for truth; stoicism of silence understood only by the very few of the initiated, and not without a certain cynical grandeur of self-sacrifice on the part of a sybarite.
He raises physical nature to the level of human thought, giving it thereby a mystic power and expression; he subdues man to the level of nature, but gives him therewith a certain breadth and vastness and solemnity.
He constantly endeavours to bring his language nearer to the real language of men; but it is to the real language of men, not on the dead level of their ordinary intercourse, but in certain select moments of vivid sensation, when this language is winnowed and ennobled by sentiment.
I feel the need to ascribe to him fantastic theories about his predecessors, and it is with a certain sense of disillusion that I confess he thought about them pretty much as does everybody else.
I believe--as I shall try to prove in a later lecture -that desire, like force in mechanics, is of the nature of a convenient fiction for describing shortly certain laws of behaviour.