vague

[ veyg ]
/ veɪg /

adjective, va·guer, va·guest.

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.

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Origin of vague

1540–50; (< Middle French) < Latin vagus wandering

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British Dictionary definitions for vagueness

vague
/ (veɪɡ) /

adjective

(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

Derived forms of vague

vaguely, adverbvagueness, noun

Word Origin for vague

C16: via French from Latin vagus wandering, of obscure origin
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