adjective Etymology: Middle English indeterminat, from Late Latin indeterminatus, from Latin in- + determinatus, past participle of determinare to determine Date: 14th century 1. a. not definitely or precisely determined or fixed ; vague b. not known in advance c. not leading to a definite end or result 2. having an infinite number of solutions <
a system of indeterminate equations
3. being one of the seven undefined mathematical expressions 0/0, ∞/∞, ∞∙0, 1, 0º, ∞º, ∞ - ∞ 4. characterized by sequential flowering from the lateral or basal buds to the central or uppermost buds; also characterized by growth in which the main stem continues to elongate indefinitely without being limited by a terminal inflorescence — compare determinate 4 • indeterminately adverbindeterminateness nounindetermination noun

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