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# indeterminate

## Definitions

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

• adjective Not precisely determined, determinable, or established.
• adjective Not precisely fixed, as to extent, size, nature, or number.
• adjective Lacking clarity or precision, as in meaning; vague.
• adjective Botany Not terminating in a flower and continuing to grow at the apex.
• adjective Mathematics Having more than one variable and an infinite number of solutions, such as the equation 5x2 + 3y = 10.

### from The Century Dictionary.

• Not determinate; not settled or fixed; not definite; uncertain; not precise; not exclusively possessing either of a pair of contradictory attributes.

### from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

• adjective Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise.
• adjective (Math.) that branch of analysis which has for its object the solution of indeterminate problems.
• adjective (Math.) coefficients arbitrarily assumed for convenience of calculation, or to facilitate some artifice of analysis. Their values are subsequently determined.
• adjective (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 equations.
• adjective (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 inflorescence, botryose inflorescence, centripetal inflorescence, and indefinite inflorescence.
• adjective (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.
• adjective (Math.) a quantity which has no fixed value, but which may be varied in accordance with any proposed condition.
• adjective (Math.) a series whose terms proceed by the powers of an indeterminate quantity, sometimes also with indeterminate exponents, or indeterminate coefficients.

• adjective Not accurately determined or determinable.
• adjective biology Of growth: with no genetically defined end, and thus theoretically limitless.
• adjective botany Of inflorescences: not topped with some form of terminal bud.

• adjective not capable of being determined
• adjective of uncertain or ambiguous nature
• adjective having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex
• adjective not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance

## Etymologies

### from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Latin indēterminātus : in-, not; see in– + dēterminātus, determined; see determinate.]

## Examples

• [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.

Balkinization 2007

• 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.

Leviathan 2007

• 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

• 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