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ill-defined

[il-di-fahynd] /ˈɪl dɪˈfaɪnd/
adjective
1.
badly or inadequately defined; vague:
He confuses the reader with ill-defined terms and concepts.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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  • These ill-defined inventions fail to properly establish the scope of patent protection.
  • Its dorsal part contains a small amount of gray and white substance, but it is scanty and ill-defined.
  • It represents an ill-defined, free-floating radicalism.
  • Too many wars have been launched on the basis of ill-defined future threats.
  • Deaths due to external causes were more likely to be determined by autopsy than deaths due to diseases or ill-defined conditions.
British Dictionary definitions for ill-defined

ill-defined

adjective
1.
imperfectly defined; having no clear outline
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