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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.
References in classic literature ?
But this is not all: if we advert to the observations already made respecting the courts that subsist in the several States of the Union, and the different powers exercised by them, it will appear that there are no expressions more vague and indeterminate than those which have been employed to characterize that species of causes which it is intended shall be entitled to a trial by jury.
is not less a source of frequent and intricate discussions, sufficiently denoting the indeterminate limits by which they are respectively circumscribed.
For when a thing has reached the stage when it is by nature capable of sight, it will be said either to see or to be blind, and that in an indeterminate sense, signifying that the capacity may be either present or absent; for it is not necessary either that it should see or that it should be blind, but that it should be either in the one state or in the other.
After that, the sound of the inquisitorial voices seemed merged in one dreamy indeterminate hum.
I only breathed deeply the faint scent of violets, her own particular fragrance enveloping my body, penetrating my very heart with an inconceivable intimacy, bringing me closer to her than the closest embrace, and yet so subtle that I sensed her existence in me only as a great, glowing, indeterminate tenderness, something like the evening light disclosing after the white passion of the day infinite depths in the colours of the sky and an unsuspected soul of peace in the protean forms of life.
The Dutch have, perhaps, an indeterminate idea that a curtain is not a cabbage.
For the sake of distinction, suppose we call it an indeterminate office: but I lay it down as a maxim, that those are citizens who could exercise it.
Minerva said she hoped not; they were only ridiculous little creatures, with this odd circumstance, that they had a blur, or indeterminate aspect, seen far or seen near; if you called them bad, they would appear so; if you called them good, they would appear so; and there was no one person or action among them, which would not puzzle her owl, much more all Olympus, to know whether it was fundamentally bad or good.
He saw neither houses, nor pavements, nor chariots, nor men and women, but a chaos of indeterminate objects whose edges melted into each other.
Ladislaw had now accepted his bit of work, though it was not that indeterminate loftiest thing which he had once dreamed of as alone worthy of continuous effort.
And then, after some time, - a very indeterminate time, - when he had learned and prepared himself, he would write the great things and his name would be on all men's lips.
And there were further reaches of vague and indeterminate feelings that stirred in me.