- not distinct; not clearly marked or defined: indistinct markings.
- not clearly distinguishable or perceptible, as to the eye, ear, or mind: He heard an indistinct muttering.
- not distinguishing clearly: After the accident he suffered from indistinct vision and faulty hearing.
Origin of indistinct
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Related Wordsdarkness, uncertainty, obscureness, ambiguity, dimness, indistinctness, fuzziness, anonymity, murk, obscurity, smother, fumes, fog, film, miasma, smog, mist, steam, cloud, vapor
Examples from the Web for indistinctness
He articulated with some difficulty, slurring his words to the point of indistinctness at times.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Yet greater is the indistinctness when they are all jostled together in a little soul, which has no room.Theaetetus
Each of them peered through the indistinctness of the dusk at the other two.The Plattner Story and Others
H. G. Wells
The unmerited are to be attributed to the indistinctness of my rapid penmanship.The Popham Colony
William Frederick Poole
Indistinctness may arise from the employment of equivocal terms in the definition.Aristotle
- incapable of being clearly distinguished, as by the eyes, ears, or mind; not distinct
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Word Origin and History for indistinctness
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