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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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Regarding our column on indeterminates ("Whatsisnames and Thingamajigs" VERBATIM XXIX/2), Olivier Kaiser has emailed from Paris that while quoi-que-se-soit as a synonym for "thingamagig" is not standard French, "there are actually a great many other words that serve the same purpose, such as machin, truc, bidule, as well as such combinations as machin truc, machin chouette, bidule chouette or trucmuche, all of which would be apt translations for thingamajig and the like.
The new dwarf indeterminates not only produce all season long but in midsummer stay a compact 4 feet tall.
If you have a small garden and want to try an indeterminate," sharp pruning will squeeze it in.