unclear

adjective

un·​clear ˌən-ˈklir How to pronounce unclear (audio)
: not clear: such as
a
: difficult to understand
an unclear explanation
unclear instructions
an unclear reference
b
: confused or uncertain about something
often used with about
was a little unclear about how to proceed
unclearly adverb
speaking unclearly
an unclearly remembered incident

Examples of unclear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The political consequences of so much friendly fire being directed at Trump from within the ranks of his White House staff is unclear, as Trump's support has withstood countless scandals so far. USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2024 They were married for two years, and the root cause of the split is still unclear despite both parties doing various media interviews about the matter and allegations of infidelity. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 12 Apr. 2024 In case any instructions were unclear in either text or song, Carpenter teamed up with director Dave Meyers to craft a step-by-step guide in music video form. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 12 Apr. 2024 While some key administrative details remain unclear, the Foundation for the Carolinas would get a say in who sits on the the arts council’s board, which provides oversight of the groups president and funding decisions. Mary Ramsey, Charlotte Observer, 11 Apr. 2024 But whether the commission even has the authority to limit the launches is unclear. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 The timeline of when the 1864 law could take effect is unclear. Janet Shamlian, CBS News, 11 Apr. 2024 How or if those circumstances are connected is unclear, though the blood testing could provide some answers. Journal Sentinel Staff, Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2024 But at this point, the caliber of his supporting cast is unclear. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'unclear.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near unclear

Cite this Entry

“Unclear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclear. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on unclear

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!