indeterminate Definition

  • 1not exactly known, established, or defined
  • 2not having a clear or definite shape or form
  • 3mathematics: having an infinite number of solutions

Using indeterminate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "indeterminate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The cause of the problem is still indeterminate.

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    The painting has an indeterminate quality that makes it difficult to classify.

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    The equation is indeterminate and has no unique solution.

indeterminate Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with indeterminate

  • a prison sentence that does not have a fixed length


    The judge gave him an indeterminate sentence of up to 10 years.

  • a mathematical expression that cannot be evaluated without further information


    The limit of the function is an indeterminate form.

  • a type of inflammatory bowel disease that cannot be classified as either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis


    The patient was diagnosed with indeterminate colitis after several tests.

Origins of indeterminate

from Latin 'indeterminatus', meaning 'not determined'


Summary: indeterminate in Brief

The term 'indeterminate' [ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪnət] refers to something that is not clearly known, established, or defined. It can also describe something that lacks a clear or definite shape or form, or in mathematics, a problem that has an infinite number of solutions. Examples include 'The cause of the problem is still indeterminate,' and 'The equation is indeterminate and has no unique solution.'