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Pronunciation:  `indi'turmunit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke
  2. [adj]  not leading to a definite ending or result; "an indeterminate campaign"
  3. [adj]  not capable of being determined; "an indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"
  4. [adj]  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"
  5. [adj]  (botany) having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex; "an indeterminate stem"
  6. [adj]  of uncertain or ambiguous nature; "the equivocal (or indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists"

INDETERMINATE is a 13 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: ambiguous, cost-plus, equivocal, inconclusive, indeterminable, obscure, open-ended, racemose, unclear, undeterminable, undetermined, vague
 Antonyms: determinate
 See Also: uncertain



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In`de*ter"mi*nate\, a. [L. indeterminatus.]
Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not
precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. --Paley.

{Indeterminate analysis} (Math.), that branch of analysis
   which has for its object the solution of indeterminate

{Indeterminate coefficients} (Math.), coefficients
   arbitrarily assumed for convenience of calculation, or to
   facilitate some artifice of analysis. Their values are
   subsequently determined.

{Indeterminate equation} (Math.), an equation in which the
   unknown quantities admit of an infinite number of values,
   or sets of values. A group of equations is indeterminate
   when it contains more unknown quantities than there are

{Indeterminate inflorescence} (Bot.), a mode of inflorescence
   in which the flowers all arise from axillary buds, the
   terminal bud going on to grow and sometimes continuing the
   stem indefinitely; -- called also {acropetal, botryose,
   centripetal, & indefinite inflorescence}. --Gray.

{Indeterminate problem} (Math.), a problem which admits of an
   infinite number of solutions, or one in which there are
   fewer imposed conditions than there are unknown or
   required results.

{Indeterminate quantity} (Math.), a quantity which has no
   fixed value, but which may be varied in accordance with
   any proposed condition.

{Indeterminate series} (Math.), a series whose terms proceed
   by the powers of an indeterminate quantity, sometimes also
   with indeterminate exponents, or indeterminate
   coefficients. -- {In`de*ter"mi*nate*ly} adv. --
   {In`de*ter"mi*nate*ness}, n.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Of growth: the condition in which the terminal bud persists and produces successive lateral branches.
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