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English adjective: indeterminate

1. indeterminate not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance


SamplesOf indeterminate age.
A zillion is a large indeterminate number.
An indeterminate point of law.
The influence of environment is indeterminate.
An indeterminate future.


Synonymsundetermined


Similarcost-plus, open-ended


See alsoinconclusive, indeterminable, uncertain, undeterminable


Antonymsdeterminate

2. indeterminate having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex


SamplesAn indeterminate stem.


Similarracemose


Domain categorybotany, phytology


Antonymsdeterminate

3. indeterminate of uncertain or ambiguous nature


SamplesThe equivocal (or indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists.


Similarambiguous, equivocal


Antonymsunequivocal, univocal, unambiguous

4. indeterminate not capable of being determined


SamplesThe indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle.


Similarindeterminable, undeterminable


Antonymsdeterminable

5. indeterminate not leading to a definite ending or result


SamplesAn indeterminate campaign.


Similarinconclusive


Antonymsconclusive









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