1 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" [syn: undetermined] [ant: determinate]
2 having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex; "an indeterminate stem" [ant: determinate]
3 of uncertain or ambiguous nature; "the equivocal (or indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists"
4 not capable of being determined; "the indeterminate number of plant species in the jungle"
5 not leading to a definite ending or result; "an indeterminate campaign"
- feminine of indeterminato
Indeterminate has a variety of meanings in mathematics:
It is also used in philosophy to describe the shortcomings of definition:
indeterminate in French: Indéterminé
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