not clearly understood or expressed
"an obscure turn of phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard; "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke
not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished
"an undefined term"; "undefined authority"; "some undefined sense of excitement"; "vague feelings of sadness"; "a vague uneasiness"
dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy(adj)
lacking clarity or distinctness
"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"
weak, shady, dull, dim, wraithlike, dumb, shadowed, dense, faint-hearted, timid, undefined, swooning, dimmed, black, umbrageous, fainthearted, subdued, feeble, faint, lightheaded, obscure, wispy, obtuse, light, shadowy, light-headed, wisplike, bleak, slow
not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.
not having a precise meaning.
a vague term of abuse
not clearly defined, grasped, or understood; indistinct; slight.
not clearly felt or sensed; somewhat subconscious.
a vague longing
not thinking or expressing one’s thoughts clearly or precisely.
lacking expression; vacant.
not sharply outlined; hazy.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
apparent, clear, diaphanous, distinct, evident, explicit, intelligible, limpid, lucid, manifest, obvious, pellucid, perspicuous, plain, straightforward, translucent, transparent, unadorned, unambiguous, unequivocal, unmistakable
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How to use vague in a sentence?
The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors can not be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘ necessary to preserve the life of the mother, ’.
I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness.
The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.
I saw the story somewhere online talking about how the billboard was rejected— a little bit vague on the details as far as who and why—but it was rejected because of the messaging and my understanding that it was going to incite feelings that would not be desirable around the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, when I saw that I thought ‘that’s too bad’…I thought ‘wow it’s a shame they are not able to promote that from the standpoint of the film’ but then from a secondary standpoint the right to free speech was in some senses denied, so I didn't like that.
At the core, we argued that people of ordinary intelligence couldn't understand what kinds of crimes could trigger removal, vague laws lend themselves to arbitrary enforcement, which can be used in a discriminatory way.
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- vagueCatalan, Valencian
- vage, verschwommen, ungenau, unklar, nebelhaft, ungewiss, undeutlich, schwachGerman
- αόριστος, ασαφήςGreek
- impreciso, vagoSpanish
- ebaselge, ähmane, ebamääraneEstonian
- epätarkka, epämääräinen, hämärä, ympäripyöreä, epäselväFinnish
- מעורפל, לא ברור, עמוםHebrew
- магловит, нејасен, неодреденMacedonian
- неопределённый, неясный, расплывчатый, нечёткийRussian
- oklar, vagSwedish
- bulanık, anlaşılmaz, belirsiz, şüpheli, muğlak, üstü kapalı, müphem, karanlıkTurkish
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