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in·de·ter·mi·nate

 (ĭn′dĭ-tûr′mə-nĭt)
adj.
1.
a. Not precisely determined, determinable, or established: a person of indeterminate age.
b. Not precisely fixed, as to extent, size, nature, or number: an indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle.
c. Lacking clarity or precision, as in meaning; vague: an indeterminate turn of phrase.
d. Not fixed or known in advance: an indeterminate future.
e. Not leading up to a definite result or ending: an indeterminate campaign.
2. Botany Not terminating in a flower and continuing to grow at the apex: an indeterminate inflorescence.
3. Mathematics Having more than one variable and an infinite number of solutions, such as the equation 5x2 + 3y = 10.

[Middle English, from Latin indēterminātus : in-, not; see in-1 + dēterminātus, determined; see determinate.]

in′de·ter′mi·nate·ly adv.
in′de·ter′mi·nate·ness, in′de·ter′mi·na′tion (-nā′shən) n.

indeterminate

(ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt)
adj
1. uncertain in extent, amount, or nature
2. not definite; inconclusive: an indeterminate reply.
3. unable to be predicted, calculated, or deduced
4. (General Physics) physics (of an effect) not obeying the law of causality; noncausal
5. (Mathematics) maths
a. having no numerical meaning, as 0.00 or 0/0
b. (of an equation) having more than one variable and an unlimited number of solutions
6. (Botany) botany another word for indefinite4
7. (General Engineering) (of a structure, framework, etc) comprising forces that cannot be fully analysed, esp by vector analysis
ˌindeˈterminacy, ˌindeˌtermiˈnation, ˌindeˈterminateness n
ˌindeˈterminately adv

in•de•ter•mi•nate

(ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr mə nɪt)

adj.
1. not precisely fixed or determined; vague.
2. not settled in advance.
3. Math.
a. (of a quantity) undefined, as 0/0.
b. (of an equation) able to be satisfied by more than one value for each unknown.
4. (of an inflorescence) having the axis or axes not ending in a flower or bud.
[1350–1400; < Late Latin]
in`de•ter′mi•nate•ly, adv.
in`de•ter`mi•na′tion (-ˈneɪ ʃən) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.indeterminate - not precisely determined or establishedindeterminate - 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"
uncertain - not established beyond doubt; still undecided or unknown; "an uncertain future"; "a manuscript of uncertain origin"; "plans are still uncertain"; "changes of great if uncertain consequences"; "without further evidence his story must remain uncertain"
inconclusive - not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question; "an inconclusive reply"; "inconclusive evidence"; "the inconclusive committee vote"
indeterminable, undeterminable - not capable of being definitely decided or ascertained
determinate - precisely determined or limited or defined; especially fixed by rule or by a specific and constant cause; "a determinate distance"; "a determinate number"; "determinate variations in animals"
2.indeterminate - having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex; "an indeterminate stem"
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
determinate - not continuing to grow indefinitely at the apex; "determinate growth"
3.indeterminate - of uncertain or ambiguous nature; "the equivocal (or indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists"
ambiguous, equivocal - open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead; "an equivocal statement"; "the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates"; "the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness"; "popularity is an equivocal crown"; "an equivocal response to an embarrassing question"
4.indeterminate - not capable of being determined; "the indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"
indeterminable, undeterminable - not capable of being definitely decided or ascertained
5.indeterminate - not leading to a definite ending or result; "an indeterminate campaign"
inconclusive - not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question; "an inconclusive reply"; "inconclusive evidence"; "the inconclusive committee vote"

indeterminate

indeterminate

adjective
Translations

indeterminate

[ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt]
A. ADJindeterminado
of indeterminate agede edad indeterminada
B. CPD indeterminate sentence N (US) (Jur) → condena f indeterminada

indeterminate

[ˌɪndɪˈtɜːrmɪnət] adj [period, age] → indéterminé(e)

indeterminate

adj amount, lengthunbestimmt; duration alsoungewiss; meaning, conceptunklar, vage; of indeterminate sex/agevon unbestimmbarem or nicht bestimmbarem Geschlecht/Alter

indeterminate

[ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt] adj (gen) → indeterminato/a, indefinito/a; (plans, ideas) → indefinito/a, vago/a

indeterminate

a. indeterminado-a, desconocido-a.
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