- not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed: vague promises.
- indefinite or indistinct in nature or character, as ideas or feelings: a vague premonition of disaster.
- 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.
- not definitely established, determined, confirmed, or known; uncertain: a vague rumor; The date of his birth is vague.
- (of persons) not clear or definite in thought, understanding, or expression: vague about his motives; a vague person.
- (of the eyes, expression, etc.) showing lack of clear perception or understanding: a vague stare.
Origin of vague
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Examples from the Web for vagueness
But according to Wyden, the bill is “full of holes, riddled with vagueness and ill-defined terms.”Ron Wyden and Rand Paul, the Senate's NSA-Busting ‘Ben Franklin Caucus’
June 14, 2014
But it would be hard to argue, given the vagueness of his campaign, that he won a specific mandate.Obama Election Victory Tempered by House GOP Reality Check
November 8, 2012
The incumbent gets the benefit of name recognition and ribbon-cutting opportunities; the challenger gets the benefit of vagueness.The Professor and the Consultant
October 4, 2012
But his campaign has relied on that same style of vagueness in its latest campaign ad.Starting on Day One, New Ad Lists Everything Romney Would Accomplish
May 18, 2012
The conduct for which Goldman is being charged could be criminal as well as civil, despite its vagueness and lack of fair warning.The Fallacy of 'Fraud'
Alan M. Dershowitz
April 17, 2010
Then, as the journey went on, the vagueness began to define.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The scientist was under no illusion as to the vagueness of the title "Chairman."Irresistible Weapon
Horace Brown Fyfe
"It is very interesting," remarked the Duke, with vagueness.The Market-Place
And then the vagueness of the warning—because what can be the meaning of the phrase: to spoil one's life?Some Reminiscences
Peter questioned with a vagueness that was pardonably exaggerated.The Tragic Muse
- (of statements, meaning, etc) not explicit; imprecisevague promises
- not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistincta vague idea; a vague shape
- not clearly or definitely established or knowna vague rumour
- (of a person or his expression) demonstrating lack of precision or clear thinking; absent-minded
Word Origin and History for vagueness
1540s, from Middle French vague, from Latin vagus "wandering, rambling, vacillating, vague," of unknown origin. Related: Vagueness.