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
With all the science available, and all the real time technology, the vagueness
  of language still dominates the social studies.
Not in the writing, which is on a decent level, but in a certain vagueness.
The plan's vagueness reflects how hastily it was put together.
The vagueness of the bail-out promise was no mystery.
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