ill-defined

adjective

: not easy to see or understand
The property's borders are ill-defined.
an ill-defined mission

Examples of ill-defined in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latter phrase is ill-defined in the law, but certainly does not encompass political disagreement or electoral expediency. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 30 Jan. 2024 Then there’s the regulatory approval process, which is ill-defined for next-generation antivenoms. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 29 Apr. 2024 As for setting a more realistic timeline, Levine Cava wrote that the plan was still too ill-defined to say. Alyssa Johnson, Miami Herald, 22 Apr. 2024 As an actress Dunst is a bit like her director — not at all soft or ill-defined, yet somehow oblique. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024 But 40 years ago, the characteristics of a promising root system were ill-defined. Maddie Bender, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 But the suit does perhaps helpfully focus attention on how fraught and ill-defined a concept AGI is. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2024 But the regulations for leadership PACs have been ill-defined since the FEC authorized the committees in the late 1970s. Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times, 29 Feb. 2024 The Treaty of Paris, which was signed in 1783 and ended the American Revolution, left the dividing line between what is now Quebec and New Hampshire ill-defined. Jazmine Ulloa, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024

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“Ill-defined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ill-defined. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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