indeterminate indeterminate  /ˌɪn dɪ ˈtɜr mɪ nɪt/


  1. (adj) not precisely determined or established; not fixed or known in advance
  2. (adj) having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex
  3. (adj) of uncertain or ambiguous nature
  4. (adj) not capable of being determined
  5. (adj) not leading to a definite ending or result



  1. Conservatives and cons alike see them as less capricious For a century the indeterminate sentence has been the sweetheart of prison reformers.
  2. Bratz have ethnically indeterminate names like Yasmin and Jade and come in an array of hues.
  3. Lorenzo, however, learns he has a secret a previously unknown love child and, being a hip novelist, is tempted both by self-destruction and by indeterminate narrative.


  1. Police: Toddler Drowns During Wedding Reception

    (KUTV) A toddler is dead after an apparent drowing at a north logan Reception Center. Police say a 2-year-old boy was attending a wedding reception with his family at the Four Seasons Reception Center at 140 East and 2200 North in North Logan. The boy was discovered in a hot tub, having been there for an indeterminate amount of time. ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: KUTV Salt Lake City

  2. Governors Ball Hipster Dancing Leaves Randall’s Island With Long Recovery

    Concertgoers cavort in the mud at the Governors Ball. (Getty) This year’s Governors Ball was a lot like Woodstock: good music, an excess of scantily-clad youngsters, and lots and lots of mud. So much mud, in fact, that the Randall’s Island event space has been shut down for an indeterminate period of time. On Thursday, LivingSocial announced that they were canceling their first ever Backyard ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The New York Observer

  3. Political ad experts critique first OFA-backed Obamacare ad

    In Organizing for Action's new television ad about the president's health care law, a man of indeterminate ethnicity appears to be filling out his taxes. A "FACT" about the benefits of Obamacare flashes across the screen. An assumed small-business owner counts out change. The "Impact of Obamacare" ad, released this week and airing nationwide, is [...]
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Ticket via Yahoo! News


  1. "He is prepared to say this will be done at some indefinite, indeterminate future time. But none of it can be done for the presidential election, and after the presidential elections, well it's another day, and we will see," Bhutto said.
    on Oct 3, 2007 By: Benazir Bhutto Source: FOXNews

  2. Mr Blair said: "Why are prisons full to the bursting point? You've got a situation where, today, people are in prison for longer and you've got, of course, the new indeterminate sentences - where people can be kept in for an indeterminate period if...
    on Jan 27, 2007 By: Tony Blair Source: BBC News

  3. Zuma said the constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were essential because history showed that some humans had the "indeterminate and insatiable tendency to undermine and deprive the rights of others".
    on Dec 11, 2007 By: Jacob Zuma Source:

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