1. not determinate; not precisely fixed in extent; indefinite; uncertain.
  2. not clear; vague.
  3. not established.
  4. not settled or decided.
  5. Mathematics.
    1. (of a quantity) undefined, as 0/0.
    2. (of an equation) able to be satisfied by more than one value for each unknown.
  6. Botany. (of an inflorescence) having the axis or axes not ending in a flower or bud, thus allowing further elongation.


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


  1. uncertain in extent, amount, or nature
  2. not definite; inconclusivean indeterminate reply
  3. unable to be predicted, calculated, or deduced
  4. physics (of an effect) not obeying the law of causality; noncausal
  5. maths
    1. having no numerical meaning, as 0.00 or 0/0
    2. (of an equation) having more than one variable and an unlimited number of solutions
  6. botany another word for indefinite (def. 4)
  7. (of a structure, framework, etc) comprising forces that cannot be fully analysed, esp by vector analysis

late 14c., from Late Latin indeterminatus “undefined,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + determinatus, past participle of determinare (see determine). Related: Indeterminately.

  1. 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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