indeterminate

[in-di-tur-muh-nit]
adjective
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

indeterminately, adverb
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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Science Dictionary
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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Example sentences
Indeterminate plants keep flowering until stopped by frost, so their crops are
  much more spread-out.
Of course, this doesn't mean that a revolution isn't going on, only that its
  effects are indeterminate.
Only when government gets involved does value become indeterminate.
People who think in terms of determinism pretend that there is no such thing as
  an indeterminate gate.
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