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1. Having definite and distinct lines or features: a well-defined silhouette.
2. Accurately and unambiguously stated or described: a well-defined argument.


adj (well defined when postpositive)
clearly delineated, described, or determined


sharply or clearly stated, outlined, described, etc.: a well-defined character; a well-defined boundary.
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Adj.1.well-defined - having a clean and distinct outline as if precisely cut along the edges; "a finely chiseled nose"; "well-defined features"
distinct - easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined; "a distinct flavor"; "a distinct odor of turpentine"; "a distinct outline"; "the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette"; "distinct fingerprints"
2.well-defined - accurately stated or described; "a set of well-defined values"
ill-defined, unclear - poorly stated or described; "he confuses the reader with ill-defined terms and concepts"


[ˌweldɪˈfaɪnd] ADJbien definido
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As the cost of caring for our veterans escalates, maybe the politicians will have second thoughts about sending people to serve in far away, ill defined, poorly planned wars.
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That has complicated the planning and execution of the military campaign and left its objective ill defined for now, the New York Times reports.