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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.
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[ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪnɪtlɪ] ADVde modo indeterminado
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advunbestimmt; it continued indeterminatelyes ging auf unbestimmte Zeit weiter
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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.
He added it has been observed that a considerable number of cases were dismissed or indeterminately delayed because of the failure or negligence of some prosecutors to take advantage and make use of pre-trial measures and remedies under the rules of court and other relevant issuances.
According to Aquino, many cases were 'dismissed or indeterminately delayed because of the failure or negligence of some prosecutors to take advantage and make use of pretrial measures and remedies.'
The District Court civilly committed appellant indeterminately as a sexually dangerous person in 2000, and he has refused to participate in treatment since 2001.
'In a world where perceptions and expectations sprawl indeterminately, it is important to be your own stable scale.
If Dunham engages heteronormativity with his vulnerable macho men, Peters seems to show us the idols of a nonbinary world--her figures read as female or as indeterminately gendered, but almost never as male.
Perhaps it would be best, after all, to think of the ideal translation not as a demonstration of particular guidelines but as a linguistic proof of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, with observational reality lying indeterminately between the sensible limits of the two complementary variables of original text and correspondent translation.
determinately or indeterminately. Whereas the fine-grained/coarse-grained distinction is about how many properties an object has or lacks.
To be in a state of superposition between two positions, for example, is not to be here or there, or even simply here and there: rather, it is to be indeterminately here-there--that is, there is no fact of the matter (it is not simply that it is unknown) as to whether it is here or there.
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.