# in determinate

## indeterminate

[in-di-tur-muh-nit]
1.
not determinate; not precisely fixed in extent; indefinite; uncertain.
2.
not clear; vague.
3.
not established.
4.
not settled or decided.
5.
Mathematics.
a.
(of a quantity) undefined, as 0/0.
b.
(of an equation) able to be satisfied by more than one value for each unknown.
6.
Botany. (of an inflorescence) having the axis or axes not ending in a flower or bud, thus allowing further elongation.
noun
7.
Mathematics. something whose value is not specified: used especially in abstract algebra; a variable.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin indēterminātus. See in-3, determinate

indeterminateness, noun

2. ambiguous.
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 indeterminate (ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt) —adj 1. uncertain in extent, amount, or nature 2. not definite; inconclusive: an indeterminate reply 3. unable to be predicted, calculated, or deduced 4. physics (of an effect) not obeying the law of causality; noncausal 5. maths a.  having no numerical meaning, as 0.00 or 0/0 b.  (of an equation) having more than one variable and an unlimited number of solutions 6. botany another word for indefinite 7. (of a structure, framework, etc) comprising forces that cannot be fully analysed, esp by vector analysis inde'terminacy —n indetermi'nation —n inde'terminateness —n inde'terminately —adv

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 indeterminate   (ĭn'dĭ-tûr'mə-nĭt)  Pronunciation Key  Continuing to grow at the apical meristem or the terminal bud indefinitely, allowing for the development of an ever-increasing number of plant organs such as leaves, stems, or flowers to the side.
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