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Synonyms for vague

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obscure, vague(adj)

    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

    unnoticeable, dark, hidden, faint, shadowy, unknown, apart(p), dim, isolated, undefined, wispy, obscure, unsung

    distinct, clear

  2. undefined, vague(adj)

    not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished

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

    obscure, faint, shadowy, wispy, dim, undefined

    distinct, clear

  3. 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

    distinct, clear


  1. vague(adjective)

    obscure, ambiguous

  2. vague(adjective)

    not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.

    ambiguous, obscure

  3. vague(adjective)

    not having a precise meaning.

    a vague term of abuse

    obscure, ambiguous

  4. vague(adjective)

    not clearly defined, grasped, or understood; indistinct; slight.

    ambiguous, obscure

  5. vague(adjective)

    not clearly felt or sensed; somewhat subconscious.

    a vague longing

    obscure, ambiguous

  6. vague(adjective)

    not thinking or expressing one’s thoughts clearly or precisely.

    obscure, ambiguous

  7. vague(adjective)

    lacking expression; vacant.

    obscure, ambiguous

  8. vague(adjective)

    not sharply outlined; hazy.

    ambiguous, obscure

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. vague

    general, lax, indefinite, undetermined, popular, intangible, equivocal, unsettled, uncertain, ill-defined, pointless

    strict, definite, determined, limited, scientific, pointed, specific

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. vague(a.)

    uncertain, ambiguous, dim, doubtful, obscure, undetermined, indefinite, indistinct, unsettled, loose, lax, unfixed, not precise, not exact

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. vague(a)

    indefinite, ambiguous, obscure, uncertain, groundless, hazy, indistinct

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How to use vague in a sentence?

  1. Simon Young:

    Of course, it's vague but it is clear that after 50 years mainland policy can change. They don't have to change but they can change, they would no longer be beholden by Article 5 and the Joint Declaration.

  2. Christine Link:

    What we're worried about is that they're not saying where they are booking people, they are being vague about it and that's not good, that's an attempt to hide the cheese.

  3. Mark Twain:

    In Marseilles they make half the toilet soap we consume in America, but the Marseillaise only have a vague theoretical idea of its use, which they have obtained from books of travel.

  4. John Updike:

    Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews.

  5. James Grover Thurber:

    But those rare souls whose spirit gets magically into the hearts of men, leave behind them something more real and warmly personal than bodily presence, an ineffable and eternal thing. It is everlasting life touching us as something more than a vague, recondite concept. The sound of a great name dies like an echo the splendor of fame fades into nothing but the grace of a fine spirit pervades the places through which it has passed, like the haunting loveliness of mignonette.

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