Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.


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.


[ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪnɪtlɪ] ADVde modo indeterminado


advunbestimmt; it continued indeterminatelyes ging auf unbestimmte Zeit weiter
References in classic literature ?
Scarcely had I dropped my head back into its original position, when there flashed upon my mind what I cannot better describe than as the unformed half of that idea of deliverance to which I have previously alluded, and of which a moiety only floated indeterminately through my brain when I raised food to my burning lips.
Video game narratives that can tell a story so indeterminately that interactivity ultimately defines a story's arc and outcomes are referred to as sandboxes.
It is impractical to create substantial human connections among coworkers in a culture where genuine collaboration (Popescu Ljungholm, 2016a, b) is indeterminately procrastinated.
The dozen or so objects--call them sculpture, furniture, or something poised indeterminately in between--included in Roy McMakin's recent exhibition at Garth Greenan Gallery for the most part proceeded from a superficially simple line of inquiry: What happens to a conventionally functional artifact when that artifact has its conventional function tampered with?
Human affairs are conducted in a more orderly fashion if each man is charged with taking care of some particular thing himself, whereas there would be confusion if everyone had to look after any one thing indeterminately.
The first major result in this direction was communicated in [15], by offering a complete classification of those symmetric extensions, called symmetrically-open extensions, that may prolong their symmetry indeterminately, to any number of extra indeterminates.
Capital budgeting applies the same rule to projects, and projects as opposed to firms are not supposed to last forever or indeterminately.
Nevertheless, several researchers [18-26] have found that, in the failure process of the slope, the functions and their exerted degrees of the shear strength parameters between c and [phi] are indeterminately the same.
Lampooning provides a space for "injury" and "insult" alike, but above all for "amusement," in which the balance between entertainment and instruction, and serious corrective purpose, wavers indeterminately.
It takes an indeterminately long time for a small difference in energy intake to make a notable difference in weight.
A SERIAL criminal who battered and robbed a frail woman in her home yesterday won his appeal against being jailed indeterminately.