in·​de·​ter·​min·​able | \ ˌin-di-ˈtərm-nə-bəl How to pronounce indeterminable (audio) , -ˈtər-mə- \

Definition of indeterminable

1 : incapable of being definitely decided or settled
2 : incapable of being definitely fixed or ascertained

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Other Words from indeterminable

indeterminably \ ˌin-​di-​ˈtərm-​nə-​blē How to pronounce indeterminably (audio) , -​ˈtər-​mə-​ \ adverb

Examples of indeterminable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Bevin didn't properly reimburse taxpayers for personal use of plane, Kentucky auditor says," 12 Mar. 2020 What results is a constant auto-vanishing of a communications involving state officials, an indeterminable amount of which is relevant to public business in Colorado. Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "Emails are being purged across Colorado state government," 8 Nov. 2019 Alternating ribbons of chocolate and a red syrup of indeterminable flavor further reinforced the over-the-top kid’s sundae effect. Paul Stephen,, "Review: Hoffman’s Steakhouse a dependable East Side spot for surf and turf," 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, "Texas man may have solved daughter's 1984 murder," 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, "Bosma kills bill that would have raised smoking age to 21," 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, "This Liquid Nitrogen-Powered Nerf Gun Is Delightfully Absurd," 29 Dec. 2017 One year after that debacle, the internet met the Jacket, a shiny Adidas cover up made of indeterminable colors. Sophie Hirsh, Teen Vogue, "Nike Outfit Goes Viral as the New Dress Debate," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of indeterminable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Indeterminable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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