[ in-di-tur-muh-nit ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈtɜr mə nɪt /



Mathematics. something whose value is not specified: used especially in abstract algebra; a variable.

Origin of indeterminate

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word indēterminātus. See in-3, determinate

Related forms

in·de·ter·mi·nate·ly, adverbin·de·ter·mi·nate·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indeterminate


/ (ˌɪndɪˈtɜːmɪnɪt) /


Derived Forms

indeterminacy, indetermination or indeterminateness, nounindeterminately, adverb
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Science definitions for indeterminate


[ ĭn′dĭ-tûrmə-nĭt ]

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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