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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 moment of complete indeterminateness is the moment of human action, the moment of freedom and possibility.
The margin of indeterminateness in social pathology will be large under microscopic and negligible under macroscopic conditions.
However, Rothschild notes that while these advances allowed theory to be applied more widely to cases such as product differentiation across firms, which had been treated as exceptions in the theory of competition and monopoly, they did not go far in dealing with interdependence of firms and the resulting indeterminateness of oligopoly pricing outcomes.
at 250 (Scalia, J., dissenting) (criticizing the indeterminateness of Skidmore deference).
(18) Therefore one could wonder, as Lucia Re (2005a) does, whether the vagueness and indeterminateness in the novel is the result of Masino's literary choice or the product of censors' skimming process.
The question of how this fts in with the doctrine of not-self is one that has arisen several times throughout the course of Buddhist history; what is certain is that the insubstantiality or indeterminateness of beings does not preclude our valuing them in the same way that it prevents our claiming that they have value.
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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.
(32) Martin Anderson's analysis of pollution does not suffer from the indeterminateness of Klein and Clark's analysis.