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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)

    not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.

    obscure, ambiguous

  2. vague(adjective)

    ambiguous, obscure

  3. vague(adjective)

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

    obscure, ambiguous

  4. vague(adjective)

    ambiguous, obscure

  5. vague(adjective)

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

    obscure, ambiguous

  6. vague(adjective)

    lacking expression; vacant.

    obscure, ambiguous

  7. vague(adjective)

    not sharply outlined; hazy.

    obscure, ambiguous

  8. vague(adjective)

    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

How to use vague in a sentence?

  1. Greg Carlock:

    They will not accept vague endorsements.

  2. Tim Berners-Lee:

    Thank goodness it wasn't 'Exciting but vague'.

  3. Tom Zegan:

    Excuse me, but can you be a little more vague?

  4. George Ade:

    For parlor use, the vague generality is a life saver.

  5. Prosecutor Christiane Serini:

    Fitschen offered vague and inconclusive evidence at his hearing.

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