indeterminate


in·de·ter·mi·nate

adjective \ˌin-di-ˈtərm-nət, -ˈtər-mə-\

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

Full Definition of INDETERMINATE

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
:  having an infinite number of solutions <a system of indeterminate equations>
3
:  being one of the seven undefined mathematical expressions
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 \-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

in·de·ter·mi·nate

adjective \ˌin-di-ˈtərm-(ə-)nət\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INDETERMINATE

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

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