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indeterminate

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adjective in·de·ter·mi·nate \ˌin-di-ˈtərm-nət, -ˈtər-mə-\

Simple Definition of indeterminate

  • : not able to be stated or described in an exact way

Full Definition of indeterminate

  1. 1 a :  not definitely or precisely determined or fixed :  vague b :  not known in advance c :  not leading to a definite end or result

  2. 2 :  having an infinite number of solutions <a system of indeterminate equations>

  3. 3 :  being one of the seven undefined mathematical expressions

  4. 4 :  characterized by sequential flowering from the lateral or basal buds to the central or uppermost buds; also :  characterized by growth in which the main stem continues to elongate indefinitely without being limited by a terminal inflorescence — compare determinate 4

in·de·ter·mi·nate·ly adverb
in·de·ter·mi·nate·ness noun
in·de·ter·mi·na·tion play \-ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

Examples of indeterminate

  1. an indeterminate number of people



Origin of indeterminate

Middle English indeterminat, from Late Latin indeterminatus, from Latin in- + determinatus, past participle of determinare to determine


First Known Use: 14th century


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indeterminate

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adjective in·de·ter·mi·nate \ˌin-di-ˈtərm-(ə-)nət\

Medical Definition of indeterminate

  1. :  relating to, being, or undergoing indeterminate cleavage <an indeterminate egg>




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