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1. Cloudy, misty, or hazy.
2. Lacking definite form or limits; vague: nebulous assurances of future cooperation.
3. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a nebula.

[Middle English, from Latin nebulōsus, from nebula, cloud; see nebh- in Indo-European roots.]

neb′u·lous·ly adv.
neb′u·lous·ness n.
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Adv.1.nebulously - in a nebulous and indefinite manner
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She had never conceived of the form of God except as nebulously naked, and the thought- association was startling.
In the wider economy, such issues are resolved by governments' power of expropriation, with compensation being negotiated for easements or outright takings, but existing provincial legislation does not apply to the rather nebulously defined concept of Indigenous traditional territory.
(8) A 2013 constitutional amendment stipulates that the right of freedom of speech may not be exercised in such a way as to violate the dignity of the "Hungarian nation" or "any national, ethnic, or religious minority group." A nebulously phrased 2018 amendment, in turn, specifies that "the exercise of the freedom of expression and assembly cannot entail the invasion of the private and family lives of others or the trespass of their homes." (9)
Unsurprisingly for one of our finest writers, he avoids the two tender traps Israelis and Jews writing about what is often nebulously called "the conflict" too often commit: He is neither limply sentimental, apologizing for sins real and imagined, nor needlessly steely, harrumphing his truth to the exclusion of all other possible points of view.
(4) They characterized various types of offensive behavior as violations of natural law or, more nebulously, as challenges to the legal order of "the whole world which is in a sense a commonwealth." (5) Yet agreement about the legal foundations for violence against polities and people far from Europe remained elusive.
Its Manichaean narratives remain nebulously unspecific about the embodied risk to sick patients and their financial ability gain access to medications.
that power as broad, deep, and nebulously defined as that under Article
The pathophysiology of both AD and psoriasis is nebulously complex, sharing a similar theme of immune dysregulation, but historically polar opposites based on the different branches of the immune response implicated.
A proper and principled military policy would reserve the might of our armed forces for defense of our own territory, including embassies abroad--but not nebulously defined "American interests." It would seek neither to police the world nor to impose our civic values by force.
(4) But Baker, writing in 1643, has at hand a noun for an identity that was only nebulously defined when Donne was at the Inns of Court in the early 1590s.
In a political moment now often referred to as 'postfeminist'--a popular term that conveys a sense of achievement misguidedly negating any further need for feminism while referencing a nebulously contemporary era starting around the late 1990s--these narratives seem incongruous.
Her vision of Eden is more Romantic than biblical, the voice that addresses the man and woman emerging nebulously from water, wind, tree, and star rather than from the clearly named, present God given in the Genesis text: "Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day." (13) In Pfeiffer's sonnet, the voice floats as in a dream, pleasant but detached, like the incomplete sentence that expresses it.