un·​clear | \ ˌən-ˈklir How to pronounce unclear (audio) \

Definition of unclear

: 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

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unclearly adverb
speaking unclearly an unclearly remembered incident

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Recent Examples on the Web Despite his legislative breakthroughs on Covid-19, infrastructure, health care, climate change and more, the answer to this question remains unclear. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 17 Sep. 2022 His outlook as a headline attraction, however, remains unclear. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2022 What happened next remains unclear, but at 2:13 p.m., Lauren Kanarek managed to call 911 while bleeding heavily from two gunshot wounds. Jamie Stolz And Michael Loftus, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2022 But whether the platform will ramp up the unskippable ad rate in the future remains unclear. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 15 Sep. 2022 Word got out last week that the Rustic Restaurant, a fixture in the city since 1947, will be closing soon, but the date of the last call remains unclear. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2022 While the true impact of the endorsement misses remains unclear, the stakes are high for Wu. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2022 This year’s hot temperatures are creating more quality and supply problems, industry executives said, though the heat’s long-term impact on produce remains unclear. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2022 The price cap has not been set, and its influence on the global price remains unclear. David Mchugh, ajc, 5 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unclear

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unclear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unclear. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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un·​clear | \ ˌən-ˈklir \

Kids Definition of unclear

: difficult to understand or make sense of Your directions are unclear.

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