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1Not able to be definitely ascertained, calculated, or identified:‘a woman of indeterminable age’
inestimable, indeterminable, untold, immeasurable, uncountable, incomputable, not to be reckonedView synonyms
- ‘Cal's new doctor was a tall Indian of indeterminable age, anywhere from late twenties to equally late forties.’
- ‘The case is subject to the Revenue Commissioners appeal procedure and as a result the timing of any outcome is indeterminable,’ the accounts say.’
- ‘Clean shaven and bald, save for a jet black goatee upon his chin, his age was nearly indeterminable.’
- ‘After an indeterminable period of frantic slipping and sliding, I called out to a youthful gray haired man who was walking firmly up the hill for help.’
- ‘For an indeterminable length of time, she wandered between sleep and semi-wakefulness, later remembering the noise of the plane once and then silence.’
- ‘It seemed that somehow, amidst the reminiscing, the laughs, and an indeterminable amount of liquor, he and Jessie had fallen asleep.’
- ‘Thereafter, the reader penetrates further and further into a disturbing labyrinth of changing or indeterminable gender.’
- ‘Susan's expression went indeterminable, then she wiped her hands on the apron she was wearing, took it off and walked over to Emily, giving her a big compassionate hug.’
- ‘He sneered and began to chant an indeterminable language.’
- ‘A girl of indeterminable age stood behind her, a grin on her face.’
- ‘It's these tiniest details - the uneasy click of indeterminable percussion, the distant half-heard rumble of thunder from a distance - that make this music so worth hearing.’
- ‘A black haze parts in the middle of the composition, offering a view of indeterminable distance vibrating with yellow, orange and light blue.’
- ‘We're eating burgers, pizzas, kebabs, sweeties, pies, crisps and assorted pre-packaged pap of indeterminable origin.’
- ‘The road to extinction may be of indeterminable length, but the final destination of that road is not in doubt.’
- ‘Her eyes were focussed on an indeterminable spot somewhere to the right of her.’
- ‘It was a day where the sky was not quite blue, but more a shade of indeterminable grey, with few clouds scattered around like cotton wool stuck on a painting.’
- ‘Why not get it done to save all concerned an indeterminable, indefensible amount of time, money and credibility?’
- ‘The dark corridor made the distances indeterminable.’
- ‘The room was of indeterminable size, and directly in front of him lay an altar, looking as if it were fifty feet away-regardless, he was able to reach it in three steps.’
- ‘I slept badly that night: long, indeterminable periods of uneasy wakefulness interspaced with dreams.’
- 1.1 (of a dispute or difficulty) not able to be resolved.
Late 15th century (in the sense ‘unable to be limited’): from late Latin indeterminabilis, from in- not + determinabilis (see determinable).
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