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
[And this means that] The accord between imagination as free and understanding as indeterminate is therefore not merely assumed: it is in a sense animated, enlivened, engendered by the interest of the beautiful (KCP 55).
Although I, like most law professors, can do a riff on how "35" is indeterminate, that is recognized as "academic" in the most pejorative sense; unless and until some 33-year-old is viewed as the truly indispensable person to inhabit the Oval Office, it will be taken as a given that we "know" what "35" means, which means a the passage of time time measured in solar (and not, for example, lunar) years.
BALES: ... you get some that are called indeterminate, that just keep going all season.
BALES: You get some that are called indeterminate, that just keep going all season.
'Solar Set' is a determinate variety, unlike many of our readers may be used to (called indeterminate).
Sex offenders would face open-ended prison sentences, known as "indeterminate," if members of a jury found them to be predatory.
For he that goes about the violation of a law, wherein no penalty is determined, expecteth an indeterminate, that is to say, an arbitrary punishment.
Under a so-called indeterminate sentence for public protection, an offender is handed a minimum term that they must serve but they will only be freed after that point if the Parole
For he that goes about the violation of a Law, wherein no penalty is determined, expecteth an indeterminate, that is to say, an arbitrary Punishment.
Alligators are believed to have what is referred to as indeterminate growth, which means they continue growing throughout their lifetime, albeit at an ever-diminishing rate.