indeterminable

adjective

in·​de·​ter·​min·​able ˌin-di-ˈtər-mə-nə-bəl How to pronounce indeterminable (audio)
-ˈtərm-nə-
1
: incapable of being definitely decided or settled
2
: incapable of being definitely fixed or ascertained
indeterminably adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The next morning, Nori discovers The Stranger (Daniel Weyman), awake, scratching indeterminable marks into a rock. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 2 Sep. 2022 Unfortunately, those days remain elusive and indeterminable. Dave Wendland, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 For two days, the rioters murdered between 150 and 780 Jews—exact counts aren’t known—injured 600 to 2,000 others, and raped an indeterminable number of women. Joseph Samuels, WSJ, 28 May 2021 The total amount through the rest of Bevin's term that was not reimbursed to taxpayers is indeterminable, according to the auditor's office, as the state police stopped billing those costs. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 12 Mar. 2020 Alternating ribbons of chocolate and a red syrup of indeterminable flavor further reinforced the over-the-top kid’s sundae effect. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 31 Oct. 2019 The Galveston County Medical Examiner said at the time that Beason’s cause of death was indeterminable, and Hedrick was convicted only of abusing a corpse, a minor offense, and sentenced to a year in jail. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, 13 June 2018 Bosma said House Republicans determined the bill could have cost $14 million a year, but the Legislative Service Agency — the agency typically responsible for all fiscal analysis — only said the revenue would increase by an indeterminable amount. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, 30 Jan. 2018 The result is that the blaster doesn't fire when the trigger is pulled, but rather at the point of burst-disk failure a small but indeterminable amount of time later. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, 29 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of indeterminable was in the 15th century

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“Indeterminable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indeterminable. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

indeterminable

adjective

in·​de·​ter·​min·​able ˌin-di-ˈtərm-(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce indeterminable (audio)
: impossible to decide or find out
and indeterminable number of people
indeterminably adverb
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