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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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The margin of indeterminateness in social pathology will be large under microscopic and negligible under macroscopic conditions.
There are analytical models based on axioms, such as profit maximisation, which avoid the general indeterminateness of price in oligopoly to produce exact results.
Poster (1999) goes a step further in referring to the complexity and indeterminateness of certain social objects in a virtual setting:
27) Such indeterminateness allowed for flexibility to evolve according to community standards and market changes.
Martin Anderson's analysis of pollution does not suffer from the indeterminateness of Klein and Clark's analysis.
Griffin's aim is to develop an account of the concept of a human right that remedies the "damaging indeterminateness of sense" that has plagued it since its inception (p.
In fact there is great looseness and indeterminateness in constructing such hypotheticals and postulating what happens within each, but the fact that the semblance of precision is often quite false does not mean that all moments beyond that of voluntarism are meaningless or beyond an economic purview.
This uncertainty/indeterminateness that enters unavoidably at the nerve-terminal level percolates up to the macro-level via the so-called "butterfly" effect, and this leads to macroscopic indeterminateness.
Yet it mixes the blazing clarity of certain events with the haziness and indeterminateness of others: a key example is when R[a.
In fact, the manifesting is the indeterminateness that remains always identical in any determined, of which it constitutes the "self-manifesting.
Reduced to waiting and listening, Duras's recit-theatres create the impression that nothing happens in them and that rather than moving forward they merely extend the emptiness and indeterminateness of the present moment.
He explains that God is the cause of both the being and the operation of all creatures in a way that neither undercuts human freedom nor diminishes the indeterminateness of the will towards particular goods as the means to happiness.