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[in-di-tur-muh-nuh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr mə nə bəl/
not determinable; incapable of being ascertained.
incapable of being decided or settled.
Origin of indeterminable
1480-90; < Late Latin indēterminābilis. See in-3, determinable
Related forms
indeterminableness, noun
indeterminably, adverb Unabridged
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  • As a result, the distribution of energy in the early universe is indeterminable.
  • The actual distance of the path traversed is indeterminable.
  • The essence of the free-will dilemma is that it seems to be impossible for something to be free and indeterminable as well.
  • There is the realm of truth-and its underside, what is false or indeterminable.
  • Therefore, the cost to provide the additional reports, etc is indeterminable.
  • The fiscal impact for this measure is indeterminable.
  • Therefore, local governments will have an indeterminable increase in labor costs due to the loss of free inmate labor.
  • The effect of this bill is indeterminable, but thought to be moderate.
  • The effect of this bill is indeterminable, but could be significant.
  • The fiscal impact of this provision is indeterminable.
British Dictionary definitions for indeterminable


incapable of being ascertained
incapable of being settled
Derived Forms
indeterminableness, noun
indeterminably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indeterminable

late 15c., from Late Latin indeterminabilis "that cannot be defined," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + determinabilis, from determinare (see determine).

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