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Definition 1: not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished - [adjective denoting all]

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

  • an undefined term
  • undefined authority
  • some undefined sense of excitement
  • vague feelings of sadness
  • a vague uneasiness

Synonyms for vague in the sense of this definition

(vague is similar to ...) not capable of being precisely or readily described; not easily put into words

"an indefinable feeling of terror" "an abstract concept that seems indefinable"

(means also ...) vague or not clearly defined or stated

"must you be so indefinite?" "amorphous blots of color having vague and indefinite edges" "he would not answer so indefinite a proposal"

Definition 2: lacking clarity or distinctness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • a dim figure in the distance
  • only a faint recollection
  • shadowy figures in the gloom
  • saw a vague outline of a building through the fog
  • a few wispy memories of childhood

Synonyms for vague in the sense of this definition

(vague is similar to ...) not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand

"indistinct shapes in the gloom" "an indistinct memory" "only indistinct notions of what to do"

Definition 3: not clearly expressed or understood - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • an obscure turn of phrase
  • an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit
  • their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear
  • vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science

Synonyms for vague in the sense of this definition

(vague is similar to ...) not clear to the mind

"the law itself was unclear on that point" "the reason for their actions is unclear to this day"

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