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?
Smokers know that cigarettes are bad for them, but they likely tune out vague warnings that they have seen for years, such as ` smoking causes cancer, ’ seeing images of diseased lungs and people suffering from the negative health impacts of smoking appear to affect smokers in ways that simple text-only messages can not achieve.
We as a movement have not had a great example to point to when people ask what kind of reform are you talking about, what is the actual path forward, we often have to speak in vague terms because there aren't a lot of solutions to point to and say this is working really well, let's grow this.
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.
Pompeo's visit I think was a useful beginning to set out parameters and to start working on the details of a deal, the North Koreans talked about a vague, step-by-step simultaneous approach, which seems to me the right way to move forward. That's the only thing that's going to work.
I heard something about a query, I don’t know what it is for, i have listened, but very vague. Almost nothing.
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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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