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 capable of being determined; " an indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"
  4. 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"
  5. ( botany) having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex; " an indeterminate stem"
  6. not capable of being determined; " the indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"
  7. having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex; " an indeterminate stem"
  8. Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years.
  9. Indetermination.
  10. 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.
  11. Indeterminately.
  12. Not determinate or fixed: uncertain.
  13. Not determinate; not precise; not exactly limited in time, as a penal sentence; indefinite.
  14. Indeterminateness.
  15. Not determinate; not fixed; uncertain; not precise.
  16. 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. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Signs and sounds quite indeterminate to " white fellas" are full of meaning to him. – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  5. By degrees the indeterminate Wasp adopted the sturdy proportions demanded by underground labour. – More Hunting Wasps by J. Henri Fabre
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. What it was that was either remained indeterminate. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. But a weak mouth, an indeterminate- ha? – Queen Mary and Harold by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  13. 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
  14. 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