1. [ adjective ] not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance
Synonyms: undetermined

"of indeterminate age" "a zillion is a large indeterminate number" "an indeterminate point of law" "the influence of environment is indeterminate" "an indeterminate future"

Related terms: determinate open-ended cost-plus open-ended uncertain indeterminable inconclusive
2. [ adjective ] not leading to a definite ending or result

"an indeterminate campaign"

Related terms: inconclusive
3. [ adjective ] not capable of being determined

"an indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"

Related terms: indeterminable
4. [ adjective ] (botany) having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex

"an indeterminate stem"

Related terms: determinate botany racemose
5. [ adjective ] of uncertain or ambiguous nature

"the equivocal (or indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists"

Related terms: equivocal
6. [ adjective ] not clearly understood or expressed
Synonyms: vague obscure

"an indeterminate turn of phrase" "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin

Related terms: unclear
Similar spelling:   indeterminable