vague

[veyg]
adjective, vaguer, vaguest.
1.
not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed: vague promises.
2.
indefinite or indistinct in nature or character, as ideas or feelings: a vague premonition of disaster.
3.
not clear or distinct to the sight or any other sense; perceptible or recognizable only in an indefinite way: vague shapes in the dark; vague murmurs behind a door.
4.
not definitely established, determined, confirmed, or known; uncertain: a vague rumor; The date of his birth is vague.
5.
(of persons) not clear or definite in thought, understanding, or expression: vague about his motives; a vague person.
6.
(of the eyes, expression, etc.) showing lack of clear perception or understanding: a vague stare.

Origin:
1540–50; (< Middle French) < Latin vagus wandering

vaguely, adverb
vagueness, noun
unvague, adjective
unvaguely, adverb
unvagueness, noun


1. unspecific, imprecise. 3. obscure, hazy, shadowy.
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vague (veɪɡ)
 
adj
1.  (of statements, meaning, etc) not explicit; imprecise: vague promises
2.  not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistinct: a vague idea; a vague shape
3.  not clearly or definitely established or known: a vague rumour
4.  (of a person or his expression) demonstrating lack of precision or clear thinking; absent-minded
 
[C16: via French from Latin vagus wandering, of obscure origin]
 
'vaguely
 
adv
 
'vagueness
 
n

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vague
1540s, from M.Fr. vague, from L. vagus "wandering, rambling, vacillating, vague," of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
But the agreements were vague, relying more on good will than on concrete
  obligations.
Nor does the emotion thus evoked end in vague mystical exaltation.
They elude the ordinary reader by their abstraction and delicacy of
  distinction, but they are far from vague.
She was always full with mystery and subtle movements and denials and vague
  distrusts and complicated disillusions.
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