from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not precisely determined, determinable, or established: a person of indeterminate age.
- adj. Not precisely fixed, as to extent, size, nature, or number: an indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle.
- adj. Lacking clarity or precision, as in meaning; vague: an indeterminate turn of phrase.
- adj. Not fixed or known in advance: an indeterminate future.
- adj. Not leading up to a definite result or ending: an indeterminate campaign.
- adj. Botany Not terminating in a flower and continuing to grow at the apex: an indeterminate inflorescence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not accurately determined or determinable.
- adj. Imprecise or vague.
- adj. Of growth: with no genetically defined end, and thus theoretically limitless.
- adj. Of inflorescences: not topped with some form of terminal bud.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not determinate; not settled or fixed; not definite; uncertain; not precise; not exclusively possessing either of a pair of contradictory attributes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not capable of being determined
- adj. not leading to a definite ending or result
- adj. of uncertain or ambiguous nature
- adj. having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex
- adj. not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance
Middle English, from Latin indēterminātus : in-, not; see in-1 + dēterminātus, determined; see determinate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)