Indeterminate (adjective, noun)
1. not determinate; not precisely fixed in extent; indefinite; uncertain.
2. not clear; vague.
3. not established.
4. not settled or decided.
a. (of a quantity) undefined, as 0/0.
b. (of an equation) able to be satisfied by more than one value for each unknown.
6. Botany. (of an inflorescence) having the axis or axes not ending in a flower or bud, thus allowing further elongation.
7. Mathematics. something whose value is not specified: used especially in abstract algebra; a variable.
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undetermined, general, inconclusive, indefinite, indistinct, inexact, undefined, unspecified, borderless, imprecise, unfixed, unstipulated
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Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin indeterminatus. See in- , determinate
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR INDETERMINATE
Counting down the moments they have left with Abdullah, always an indeterminate amount.
AL JAZEERA JOURNO ABDULLAH EL-SHAMY GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE IN EGYPTIAN JAIL|JONATHAN KROHN|MARCH 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some gospel music, like Blind Willie Johnson's, chronicles an indeterminate journey to an unknown destination.
LEAPS OF FAITH: WRESTLING WITH UNCERTAINTY AND FINDING GRACE THROUGH THE MUSIC OF HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER|HOWARD WOLFSON|MARCH 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before that its landscape had been indeterminate—there were even strips where the Kat goes to sea.
MONUMENT VALLEY FROM THE EYES OF A KRAZY KAT AND JOHN FORD FAN|MALCOLM JONES|FEBRUARY 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But the indeterminate, like music to the sentimental, is a vague stimulus.
THE SENSE OF BEAUTY|GEORGE SANTAYANA
If, however, the links are in involution, these forces become infinite or indeterminate.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, 11TH EDITION, VOLUME 17, SLICE 8|VARIOUS
He was lithe, of indeterminate age, but with a look of great determination.
SUITE MENTALE|GORDON RANDALL GARRETT
In cases of the worst type the indeterminate sentence would doubtless resolve itself into detention for life.
MENTAL DEFECTIVES AND SEXUAL OFFENDERS|W. H. TRIGGS, DONALD MCGAVIN, FREDERICK TRUBY KING, J. SANDS ELLIOT, ADA G. PATTERSON, C.E. MATTHEWS AND J. BECK
Below these again is rather an indeterminate group from whom water is taken by some of the higher castes, not by others.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, 11TH EDITION, VOLUME 13, SLICE 5|VARIOUS