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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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Nevertheless, the obediential potency that is "naturally" constitutive of the intellect's motion toward the truth indefinitely discerned and the good indeterminately desired (until the intellect specifies the nature of its object by the light of revelation) is a "second act" that therefore stands (through gratia elevans) in proportionate relation to the agere actu received in the gratia operans through which God works every supematurally meritorious act.
But although Oscar was still there in her mind's eye, marking out an X in the sand with a stick, he was as indeterminately monochrome as the zebras and leopards in the reference book, his eyes a washed-out tint that looked like no colour at all.
Since there's nothing in the sentence that's capable of desire or aversion but "I," the assertion takes on a vaguely confessional flavor, as though it were indeterminately baring the speaker's besieged pacifist (or murderous) soul.
87, 106 (2010) ("Certainly deterrence theory has always been able to justify indeterminately long sentences.
4) As the Christian heir to Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas held similar views, stating that "human affairs are conducted in a more orderly fashion if each man is charged with taking care of some particular things himself, whereas there would be confusion if everyone had to look after any one thing indeterminately.
Finality is defined as "the upwardly but indeterminately directed dynamism' of world process.
shapes in the lower half of the painting also hovers indeterminately.
12) Whereas the fop is an effeminate and affected man, the fribble is indeterminately gendered.
However, even if this is a genuine cause, it cannot last indeterminately and must deliberately be limited in time and scope (Griffiths and Lucas 1995; Higgins 1997).
The pervert was jailed indeterminately at Carlisle Crown Court.
Note that if incompatibilist free will exists, games of chance can exhibit ontological randomness since they are under the control of an agent acting indeterminately.