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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.
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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
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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
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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
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vagueness

noun
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Translations
غُموض
nejasnost
vaghed
óskÿrleiki, óákveîni
nejasnost

vagueness

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

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

[ˈveɪgnɪs] n (of outline) → indeterminatezza; (of meaning) → vaghezza; (of person) → distrazione f
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Maud however was full of vagueness. "What great fact?"
All was sweet and mellow and peaceful in the golden evening light, and yet as I looked at them my soul shared none of the peace of Nature but quivered at the vagueness and the terror of that interview which every instant was bringing nearer.
Mothers who visited the school to introduce their sons put his vagueness down to activity of mind.
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.
"And Arnold answers it," said Blanche--as a still stronger instance of the provoking vagueness of the description.
She was glad to go there, for Henry had implied his business rather than described it, and the formlessness and vagueness that one associates with Africa had hitherto brooded over the main sources of his wealth.
In the vagueness and indistinctness of all her new experiences and perceptions, as everything about her was mysterious to herself she began to be mysterious to others: and became as difficult to be made out to anybody's satisfaction as she found the house and everything in it difficult to make out to her own.
It had that typical vagueness which is not vacuity, that blankness which is not simplicity, that look of being committed to nothing in particular, of standing in an attitude of general hospitality to the chances of life, of being very much at one's own disposal so characteristic of many American faces.
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.
It should be observed that, while the conception of a regular appearance is perfectly precise, the conception of an irregular appearance is one capable of any degree of vagueness. When the distorting influence of the medium is sufficiently great, the resulting particular can no longer be regarded as an appearance of an object, but must be treated on its own account.