- (of a quantity) undefined, as 0/0.
- (of an equation) able to be satisfied by more than one value for each unknown.
Origin of indeterminate
OTHER WORDS FROM indeterminatein·de·ter·mi·nate·ly, adverbin·de·ter·mi·nate·ness, noun
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How to use indeterminate in a sentence
They would get a negative result or indeterminate result from tests that detect N protein antibodies.As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we answer 7 lingering vaccine questions|Tina Hesman Saey|May 11, 2021|Science News
Counting down the moments they have left with Abdullah, always an indeterminate amount.Al Jazeera Journo Abdullah El-Shamy Goes On Hunger Strike In Egyptian Jail|Jonathan Krohn|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some gospel music, like Blind Willie Johnson's, chronicles an indeterminate journey to an unknown destination.Leaps of Faith: Wrestling With Uncertainty and Finding Grace Through the Music of Hiss Golden Messenger|Howard Wolfson|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, Troy depicts the cemetery as having indeterminate and ever-shifting borders.Rashid Khalidi Responds to Avra Shapiro and Gil Troy|Rashid Khalidi|April 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Before that its landscape had been indeterminate—there were even strips where the Kat goes to sea.Monument Valley From the Eyes of a Krazy Kat and John Ford Fan|Malcolm Jones|February 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Precisely who would bear the brunt of $400 billion in proposed cuts in military spending was left indeterminate.
I had wondered at that indeterminate quotient in my sums, where the same figure came, always the same, running on and on.The Way of a Man|Emerson Hough
Full of whims and fancies, unstable, indeterminate, he was swayed by every passing emotion and influence.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
Like the Board of Guardians, it is a most useful body; but its influence upon village life is indirect and indeterminate.The Hills and the Vale|Richard Jefferies
She found the word indicating to whom degrees should be granted indeterminate, with no character of sex attached to it.The College, the Market, and the Court|Caroline H. Dall
Matter in a more general sense is the indeterminate, the indefinite and the potential.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
British Dictionary definitions for indeterminate
- having no numerical meaning, as 0.00 or 0/0
- (of an equation) having more than one variable and an unlimited number of solutions