Definition of nebulous
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Examples of nebulous in a Sentence
These philosophical concepts can be nebulous.
made nebulous references to some major changes the future may hold
Recent Examples of nebulous from the Web
During that time, the neighborhood acquired the nickname Rat City, a term of nebulous origin.
His posts reveal a comic book collector with nebulous political affiliations who above all else seemed to hate circumcision and Hillary Clinton.
Professional investors love to hate easy-money Internet stocks, with their nerdy-hip appeal, thin-air valuations, flaky earnings, and nebulous outlooks.
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Nebulous comes from the Latin word nebulosus, meaning "misty," which in turn comes from nebula, meaning "mist," "fog," or "cloud." In the 18th century, English speakers borrowed "nebula" and gave it a somewhat more specific meaning than the Latin version. In English, "nebula" refers to a cloud of gas or dust in deep space, or in less technical contexts, simply to a galaxy. "Nebulous" itself, when it doesn't have interstellar implications, usually means "cloudy" or "foggy" in a figurative sense. One's memory of a long-past event, for example, will often be nebulous; a teenager might give a nebulous recounting of an evening's events upon coming home; or a politician might make a campaign promise but give only a nebulous description of how he or she would fulfill it.
Origin and Etymology of nebulous
Latin nebulosus misty, from nebula
First Known Use: 1674See Words from the same year
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: not clear : difficult to see, understand, describe, etc.
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