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Petr Gladkikh

Because estimates are just educated guesses and overwhelming fraction of people who want to know estimates do not understand that. Only way to know exact finish date is to complete project or task first.

Estimates are normally heard as promise to do this by that deadline even if you never say this. There are even guides how to word that appropriately to reduce chances of being misunderstood. So for most people it is easier to simply avoid giving estimates at all.