Definitions of indeterminate

  1. of uncertain or ambiguous nature; " the equivocal ( or indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists"
  2. not clearly understood or expressed; " an indeterminate turn of phrase"; " an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"- Anatole Broyard; " their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P. A. Sorokin; " vague... forms of speech... have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke
  3. not leading to a definite ending or result; " an indeterminate campaign"
  4. not capable of being determined; " an indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"
  5. not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance; " of indeterminate age"; " a zillion is a large indeterminate number"; " an indeterminate point of law"; " the influence of environment is indeterminate"; " an indeterminate future"
  6. ( botany) having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex; " an indeterminate stem"
  7. not capable of being determined; " the indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"
  8. having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex; " an indeterminate stem"
  9. Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years.
  10. Indetermination.
  11. Not settled, or fixed; indefinite; vague; not leading to a definite result; not exact; as an indeterminate sentence for crime; in mathematics, having an indefinite number of values or solutions.
  12. Indeterminately.
  13. Not determinate or fixed: uncertain.
  14. Not determinate; not precise; not exactly limited in time, as a penal sentence; indefinite.
  15. Indeterminateness.
  16. Not determinate; not fixed; uncertain; not precise.
  17. Variable; indefinite; uncertain; in math., applied to problems which admit an unlimited number of solutions; in bot., applied to indefinite inflorescence.

Usage examples for indeterminate

  1. The girl dealer was inside, with a visitor, a sallow- faced, untidy- looking man of indeterminate age who was opening newspaper- wrapped packages on a table- top. – Murder in the Gunroom by Henry Beam Piper
  2. Their comedy was, however, for some time a somewhat indeterminate kind of composition, and did not for the most part show much sign of the extraordinary excellence which French comedy was to attain in the next century. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
  3. By degrees the indeterminate Wasp adopted the sturdy proportions demanded by underground labour. – More Hunting Wasps by J. Henri Fabre
  4. It is the most beautiful and most ancient of all, inasmuch as it dates back to the indeterminate times of highest antiquity. – Astronomy for Amateurs by Camille Flammarion
  5. I made my way into the garden by the side door through which I had first entered the Home Farm; and after one indeterminate moment, came to a halt at the gate on the slope of the hill. – The Jervaise Comedy by J. D. Beresford
  6. In the face of what seems to be a really indeterminate statistical problem, I content myself with the theoretical conclusions in the text. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  7. Mrs. Henry Siddons, in her last stay with us, obtained my mother's consent that I should go to Edinburgh to pay her a visit, which began by being of indeterminate length, and prolonged itself for a year- the happiest of my life, as I often, while it lasted, thought it would prove; and now that my years are over I know to have been so. – Records of a Girlhood by Frances Ann Kemble
  8. His gait wavered, the expression of his face shifted with each step, and soon his course was indeterminate a fitful sauntering from this place to that- a tricksy, uneven flight, like that of a lazy butterfly, if one may indulge the comparison- a meandering in and out among the trees of a small walnut grove- a strolling here and there, now along the verge of a well set old orchard, now down the low hedge behind the garden, and anon leaning over the board fence that inclosed the Judge's ample barn and stable lot; he gazed wistfully, half comically, in the direction of the upper windows of the farm house. – Hoosier Mosaics by Maurice Thompson
  9. The California country, formerly an indeterminate territory of vast extent, was settled by Spanish missionaries in the seventeenth century. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  10. The most feeble and indeterminate of sounds, those which merely give a voice to the air eventually, quicken the pulse. – My Tropic Isle by E J Banfield
  11. Finally, the use of some wordman is a common indeterminate expression. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  12. What it was that was either remained indeterminate – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  13. Now that he had no more need for action, waves of indeterminate darkness surged and floated all around and within him, bearing on their crests the mood of self- insufficiency. – Dr. Adriaan by Louis Couperus
  14. Nevertheless, the fact that there is such a chance renders it in some indeterminate degree more probable that what we know as Force and Matter are identical with what we know as Mind, than that what we know as oxygen and hydrogen are identical with what we know as water. – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  15. Some indeterminate chat went on until Gwen said suddenly:-" Now I want to talk about what I came here for." – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  16. It seemed to him in some indeterminate fashion that when he saw them again there would be new lines and sides of beauty which he had never suspected, and as if all the world would be changed, included in this new world that he had found. – Romance Island by Zona Gale
  17. This is the excuse for all that indeterminate and rambling and sometimes sentimental criticism of which Dickens, more than any one else, is the victim, of which I fear that I for one have made him the victim in this place. – Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton
  18. Then there are the laws regulating punishment for crime, laws for probation or parole, indeterminate sentences, etc. – Popular Law-making by Frederic Jesup Stimson
  19. Signs and sounds quite indeterminate to " white fellas" are full of meaning to him. – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  20. But a weak mouth, an indeterminate ha? – Queen Mary and Harold by Alfred Lord Tennyson