un·​de·​ter·​mined | \ ˌən-di-ˈtər-mənd How to pronounce undetermined (audio) , -dē-\

Definition of undetermined

: not definitely or authoritatively decided, settled, or identified : not determined an undetermined boundary an undetermined species at an as yet undetermined time an undetermined number of people

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Officials said someone intentionally set the fire using an undetermined type of accelerant. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Construction company owner killed in Cleveland quadruple homicide was neighbor of slain kids and woman, sister says," 9 July 2019 The coroner will do an autopsy at a still undetermined time, but clues aboard the boat in the initial investigation point to carbon monoxide, authorities said. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Father and daughter died aboard houseboat in Delta," 8 July 2019 The tribute looped from Angels pitcher ’s hand at an undetermined speed, slow enough to avoid detection from the Minute Maid Park radar gun, but distinct enough to leave no doubt. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Andrew Heaney pays tribute to Tyler Skaggs in Angels’ loss to Astros," 6 July 2019 The medical examiner ruled the manner of Trammell’s death as undetermined but cited the Taser use — as well as the use of sedatives by paramedics — as contributing factors. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The family of a man who died after tasing by West Milwaukee police will get $2.5 million," 18 June 2019 In the early 1980s a scourge descended upon New York City, a disease of undetermined origin that slowly and silently began taking lives, predominantly from members of the male gay and bisexual community. Annie Gentile, courant.com, "Lunchtime Lecture Launches LTM’s “The Normal Heart”," 17 June 2019 Unlike your quest for love, though, SETI may be a many-generational endeavor, demanding that scientists keep projects going, and keep track of them, for an undetermined but possible large number of years. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Aliens," 5 June 2019 An undetermined amount of that water-and-foam mixture flowed into the sewer system down to an MDC treatment plant on Poquonnock Avenue and into the Farmington. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "State dredging of Farmington River spill pollution possible, official says," 14 June 2019 Prosecutors have recommended Semprevivo pay an undetermined amount of restitution to cover Georgetown's attorneys fees even though the university is not a party in the case. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Lori Loughlin digs in — and 7 more surprises and takeaways in college admissions scandal," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of undetermined

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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