vagueness


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vague

 (vāg)
adj. vagu·er, vagu·est
1. Not clear in meaning or expression; inexplicit. See Synonyms at ambiguous.
2. Not thinking or expressing oneself clearly: "Most of us are quite vague about the theoretical underpinnings of the medical theories that guide our doctors" (Kwame Anthony Appiah).
3. Lacking definite shape, form, or character; indistinct: saw a vague outline of a building through the fog.
4. Indistinctly felt, perceived, understood, or recalled; hazy: a vague uneasiness.

[French, from Old French, wandering, from Latin vagus.]

vague′ly adv.
vague′ness n.

Vagueness

 
  1. (The image) blurred … like something familiar seen beneath disturbed though clear water —William Faulkner
  2. (The consonants) blur together like ink on a wet page —Sue Grafton
  3. Clear as mud —Richard Harris Barham

    This typifies the quick, humorous similes that were most often imported by New Englanders to add color to American speech.

  4. Obscure as a bureaucrat’s memorandum —Anon
  5. Obscure as modesty —Sidney Lanier
  6. (Eye … ) opaque as a muddy pool —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Opaque as a milk-glass bowl —Linda West Eckhardt
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vagueness - unclearness by virtue of being poorly expressed or not coherent in meaning; "the Conservative manifesto is a model of vagueness"; "these terms were used with a vagueness that suggested little or no thought about what each might convey"
unclearness - incomprehensibility as a result of not being clear
haziness - vagueness attributable to being not clearly defined
2.vagueness - indistinctness of shape or character; "the scene had the swirling vagueness of a painting by Turner"
blurriness, fuzziness, indistinctness, fogginess, softness - the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines

vagueness

noun
1. impreciseness, ambiguity, obscurity, looseness, inexactitude, woolliness, undecidedness, lack of preciseness the vagueness of the language used in the text
impreciseness precision, clarity, exactness, definition, obviousness, clearness, preciseness
2. absent-mindedness, abstraction, forgetfulness, confusion, inattention, disorganization, giddiness, dreaminess, befuddlement, empty-headedness her deliberately affected vagueness

vagueness

noun
Translations
غُموض
nejasnost
vaghed
óskÿrleiki, óákveîni
nejasnost

vagueness

[ˈveɪgnɪs] N
1. (= imprecision) → vaguedad f, imprecisión f
2. (= absent-mindedness) → distracción f

vagueness

[ˈveɪgnɪs] n
[language, question, statement] → caractère m vague

vagueness

n
Unbestimmtheit f, → Vagheit f; (of outline, shape)Verschwommenheit f; (of report, question)Vagheit f, → Ungenauigkeit f; the vagueness of the resemblancedie entfernte Ähnlichkeit; his vagueness on Dutch politicsseine lückenhafte or wenig fundierte Kenntnis der holländischen Politik
(= absent-mindedness)Geistesabwesenheit f, → Zerstreutheit f; the vagueness of her lookihr abwesender or (puzzled) → verwirrter Blick

vagueness

[ˈveɪgnɪs] n (of outline) → indeterminatezza; (of meaning) → vaghezza; (of person) → distrazione f

vague

(veig) adjective
1. not clear, distinct or definite. Through the fog we saw the vague outline of a ship; She has only a vague idea of how this machine works.
2. (of people) imprecise, or impractical and forgetful. He is always very vague when making arrangements.
ˈvagueness noun
ˈvaguely adverb
1. in a vague manner. I remember him very vaguely.
2. slightly. She felt vaguely irritated; I feel vaguely uneasy.
References in classic literature ?
I have been conscious all the way along through this pilgrimage of its inevitable vagueness of direction, of my need of something definite, some place, some name, anything at all, however slight, which I might associate, if only for a time, with the object of my quest, a definite something to seek, a definite goal for my feet.
The notion of perception is therefore not a precise one: we perceive things more or less, but always with a very considerable amount of vagueness and confusion.
But there was an unpractical vagueness in their movements throughout the day; neither one of them seemed to consider any question of effectual escape, disguise, or long concealment.
It warmed the blood and cleared the head; it filled the soul with well-being; it disposed the mind at once to utter wit and to appreciate the wit of others; it had the vagueness of music and the precision of mathematics.
I did not conceive of literature as the expression of life, and I could not imagine that it ought to be desultory, mutable, and unfixed, even if at the risk of some vagueness.
And one last picture I have, standing out very clear and bright in the midst of vagueness before and blackness afterward.
And the next day he brought me the name of the township of Yea, some fifty miles north of Melbourne; but, with the vagueness which characterized all his information, he was unable to say whether I should find my relative there or not.
To the peasants of old times, the world outside their own direct experience was a region of vagueness and mystery: to their untravelled thought a state of wandering was a conception as dim as the winter life of the swallows that came back with the spring; and even a settler, if he came from distant parts, hardly ever ceased to be viewed with a remnant of distrust, which would have prevented any surprise if a long course of inoffensive conduct on his part had ended in the commission of a crime; especially if he had any reputation for knowledge, or showed any skill in handicraft.
The vagueness of the project, and the convulsive effort with which he plunges into the execution of it, are equally characteristic of a feeble-minded man.
In front, the smooth sea--a vast mosaic of many colors; the lofty islands swimming in a dreamy haze in the distance; at our end of the city the stately double peak of Vesuvius, and its strong black ribs and seams of lava stretching down to the limitless level campagna--a green carpet that enchants the eye and leads it on and on, past clusters of trees, and isolated houses, and snowy villages, until it shreds out in a fringe of mist and general vagueness far away.
She would not have cared to confess how infinitely she preferred the exactitude, the star-like impersonality, of figures to the confusion, agitation, and vagueness of the finest prose.
Instead, he put it off with vagueness and indefiniteness and inquired after the family, particularly after Mrs.