|1.||[ adjective ] not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance|
"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"
|3.||[ adjective ] not capable of being determined|
"an indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"
|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"
|6.||[ adjective ] not clearly understood or expressed|
"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