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Definition 1: not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where indeterminate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • of indeterminate age
  • a zillion is a large indeterminate number
  • an indeterminate point of law
  • the influence of environment is indeterminate
  • an indeterminate future

Synonyms for indeterminate in the sense of this definition

(indeterminate is similar to ...) determining payment based on the actual cost of production plus an agreed-upon fee or rate of profit

"a cost-plus government contract"

(indeterminate is similar to ...) allowing for a spontaneous response

"an open-ended question"

(means also ...) 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"

(means also ...) not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question

"an inconclusive reply" "inconclusive evidence" "the inconclusive committee vote"

(means also ...) not capable of being definitely decided or ascertained

Definition 2: having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where indeterminate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an indeterminate stem

(indeterminate is similar to ...) having stalked flowers along an elongated stem that continue to open in succession from below as the stem continues to grow

"lilies of the valley are racemose"

(indeterminate belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies plants

Definition 3: of uncertain or ambiguous nature - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indeterminate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the equivocal (or indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists

(indeterminate is similar to ...) 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"

Definition 4: not leading to a definite ending or result - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indeterminate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an indeterminate campaign

(indeterminate is similar to ...) not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question

"an inconclusive reply" "inconclusive evidence" "the inconclusive committee vote"

Definition 5: (of a quantity) having no definite value, as an equation that cannot be solved - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indeterminate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 0/0 is an indeterminate form

(indeterminate is similar to ...) not capable of being definitely decided or ascertained

(indeterminate belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

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