|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|
|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|
in literature, the multiplicity of possible interpretations of given textual elements. The term was given its literary meaning by deconstruction theorists. Indeterminacy is similar to ambiguity as described by the New Critics, but it is applied by its practitioners not only to literature but also to the interpretation of texts.
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