Definition of indeterminate
- a system of indeterminate equations
an indeterminate number of people
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When you determine something, you decide on what it is, which means you put limits or boundaries on its identity. So something indeterminate lacks identifying limits. A mutt is usually the product of indeterminate breeding, since at least the father's identity is generally a mystery. A painting of indeterminate origins is normally less valued than one with the painter's name on it. And if negotiations are left in an indeterminate state, nothing has been decided.
First Known Use: 1603See Words from the same year
: not able to be stated or described in an exact way
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