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  • n. The characteristic of being nebulous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being nebulous; cloudiness.


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  • As in the case of the Fliegender Hollander he had taken exception more particularly to its 'nebulousness' and 'lack of form,' I thought I might with advantage point out to him the brighter and clearer outline of Rienzi.

    My Life — Volume 1

  • Further evidence of the vague/specific distinction comes from examples like these, where I distinctly prefer one over the other, depending on the collectivity and nebulousness of the relationship:

    The real difference between “between” and “among” « Motivated Grammar

  • In crafting those shield laws, legislators have had to grapple with the nebulousness of the profession to determine who and what must be protected, and why.

    Yes, he's a journalist, too

  • This nebulousness is the direct result of all the shape-shifting that has gone into his war, making it impossible for anyone to be quite sure where its, or his, true purpose lies.

    Ross M. Levine: Objectiveless War

  • This is a sad situation for a young teen, to be sure, but one whose emotional impact is lessened by the nebulousness of what the reality is.

    REVIEW: 2005 Nebula Award Short Fiction Nominees

  • The central thesis of Karabel's book, judging from the two reviews, is that the admissions process of today--in its opacity and nebulousness--is the product of a conscious effort to prevent the Jewish student population of H-Y-P from rising.

    Shocking disclosure: university admissions arbitrary, possibly unfair.

  • Another play, Cain, may suffer somewhat from the nebulousness of the material provided.


  • Maybe in this nebulousness of strong selfishness and altruism called a personal relationship, so immediate and personal like finding oneself enveloped in smoking and fiery dust, she needed constant reminders that he cared about her more than any other entity selfishly and altruistically.

    Corpus of a Siam Mosquito

  • The nebulousness of their political ideology fully corresponded with the formlessness of the revolutionary consciousness of the masses.

    From October to Brest-Litovsk

  • There actually rose the faint halo, a small dim nebulousness, hardly recognizable save by the eye of faith.

    Jude the Obscure


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