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Synonyms for indeterminate
ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr mə nɪtin·de·ter·mi·nate

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  1. indeterminateadjective



  2. indeterminateadjective

    Not accurately determined or determinable.



  3. indeterminateadjective

    Imprecise or vague.



  4. indeterminateadjective

    Of growth: with no genetically defined end, and thus theoretically limitless.



  5. indeterminateadjective

    Of inflorescences: not topped with some form of terminal bud.



English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. indeterminate

    Equivocal (Latin equus, equal, and vox, voice, word) denotes that which may equally well be understood in either of two or more ways. Ambiguous (Latin ambi, around, and ago, drive, lead) signifies lacking in distinctness or certainty, obscure or doubtful through indefiniteness of expression. Ambiguous is applied only to spoken or written statements; equivocal has other applications. A statement is ambiguous when it leaves the mind of the reader or hearer to fluctuate between two meanings, which would fit the language equally well; it is equivocal when it would naturally be understood in one way, but is capable of a different interpretation; an equivocal expression is, as a rule, intentionally deceptive, while an ambiguous utterance may be simply the result of a want either of clear thought or of adequate expression. That which is enigmatical must be guessed like a riddle; a statement may be purposely made enigmatical in order to provoke thought and study. That is doubtful which is fairly open to doubt; that is dubious which has become the subject of doubts so grave as scarcely to fall short of condemnation; as, a dubious reputation. Questionable may be used nearly in the sense either of dubious or of doubtful; a questionable statement is one that must be proved before it can be accepted. To say that one's honesty is questionable is a mild way of saying that in the opinion of the speaker he is likely to prove dishonest. Equivocal is sometimes, tho more rarely, used in this sense. A suspicious character gives manifest reason to be suspected; a suspicious temper is inclined to suspect the motives and intentions of others, with or without reason. Compare CLEAR.

    ambiguous, doubtful, dubious, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocal, indefinite, indistinct, obscure, perplexing, questionable, suspicious, uncertain

    certain, clear, distinct, evident, indisputable, indubitable, lucid, manifest, obvious, perspicuous, plain, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable, unquestioned

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. indeterminate, undeterminedadjective

    not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance

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

    undecided, unresolved, open, undetermined

    unambiguous, conclusive, unequivocal, determinate, determinable, univocal, cymose, fixed

  2. indeterminateadjective

    having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex

    "an indeterminate stem"


    cymose, conclusive, unambiguous, unequivocal, determinate, determinable, univocal, fixed

  3. indeterminateadjective

    of uncertain or ambiguous nature

    "the equivocal (or indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists"


    conclusive, determinate, unambiguous, fixed, unequivocal, determinable, univocal, cymose

  4. indeterminateadjective

    not capable of being determined

    "the indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"


    cymose, determinate, univocal, unambiguous, determinable, fixed, conclusive, unequivocal

  5. indeterminateadjective

    not leading to a definite ending or result

    "an indeterminate campaign"


    unequivocal, determinate, determinable, conclusive, fixed, univocal, cymose, unambiguous

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  1. indeterminateadjective

    indefinite, unfixed, uncertain, not settled, not precise

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  1. Brian Reynolds:

    A good payroll number is a positive to the economy but it means the Fed will be more likely to raise rates, so the result in the stock market could be indeterminate.

  2. Alan Gottlieb:

    Under existing federal law many people convicted of non-violent state-level misdemeanors have lost their Second Amendment rights because they’ve been lumped together with convicted felons due to indeterminate sentencing laws, that’s not right, and cases like this help restore some perspective and narrow some broad legislative brush strokes.

  3. Bill Magness:

    We can't let ourselves tumble into a situation where, by acting prematurely -- I hate to say it because it's been such a long event -- but by acting prematurely to completely close it off that we end up in that blackout that could last, you know, an indeterminate amount of time.

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