indeterminate


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indeterminate

1. Physics (of an effect) not obeying the law of causality; noncausal
2. Maths
a. having no numerical meaning, as 0/0
b. (of an equation) having more than one variable and an unlimited number of solutions
3. Botany another word for indefinite
4. (of a structure, framework, etc.) comprising forces that cannot be fully analysed, esp by vector analysis
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But our former description of a citizen will admit of correction; for in some governments the office of a juryman and a member of the general assembly is not an indeterminate one; but there are particular persons appointed for these purposes, some or all of the citizens being appointed jurymen or members of the general assembly, and this either for all causes and all public business whatsoever, or else for some particular one: and this may be sufficient to show what a citizen is; for he who has a right to a share in the judicial and executive part of government in any city, him we call a citizen of that place; and a city, in one word, is a collective body of such persons sufficient in themselves to all the purposes of life.
A man who has at length found something to do will not need to get a new suit to do it in; for him the old will do, that has lain dusty in the garret for an indeterminate period.
After that, the sound of the inquisitorial voices seemed merged in one dreamy indeterminate hum.
Minerva said she hoped not; they were only ridiculous little creatures, with this odd circumstance, that they had a blur, or indeterminate aspect, seen far or seen near; if you called them bad, they would appear so; if you called them good, they would appear so; and there was no one person or action among them, which would not puzzle her owl, much more all Olympus, to know whether it was fundamentally bad or good.'
"Oh!" Lawrence looked indeterminate. Something unusually nervous and excited in his manner roused my curiosity.
Three were short-haired pointers, one was a Newfoundland, and the other two were mongrels of indeterminate breed.
His hair, sparse and unkempt of growth, was as indeterminate and colorless as his complexion.
Indeterminate plants produce their fruits on side branches off a main vine and are able to produce fruit all summer and fall until they are killed by the first frost.
The most recent version of the Bethesda System continues to report ROMs for indeterminate aspirates that are similar to those in the first edition and do not account for NIFTP.
48.1%) and that the rate of surgery among indeterminate thyroid nodules decreased by 66.4% (from 52.5% with the Afirma GEC to 17.6% with the Afirma GSC).
Sample from participants who received positive and indeterminate RIBA results were then tested using newer HCV RNA testing, which has replaced RIBA as an HCV confirmation test.
13-year-old Kinza, named Abdullah after the procedure, was operated by a specialist surgeon Dr Afzal Shaikh in Pakistan's first-ever dedicated centre for treatment of indeterminate sex.