Definition of vagueness in US English:

vagueness

noun

  • 1Lack of certainty or distinctness.

    ‘Sue worries about the vagueness of the plans’
    ‘their vision for reform has been shrouded in vagueness’
    • ‘More important than her posture of self-martyring altruism was the vagueness of her masochistic grandiosity.’
    • ‘The Dickenses were to move house twice during the first two years of Charles's life, and the novelist later recalled Portsmouth with considerable vagueness.’
    • ‘There were many good memories, but I have a lot of vagueness over the years.’
    • ‘The vagueness of the crimes and ties between the characters only adds to the baffling nature of the plot.’
    • ‘It was all vagueness, in a hazy holiday benevolence.’
    impreciseness, inexactness, lack of precision, ambiguity, woolliness, looseness, unclearness, obscurity, indistinctness, generality, indefiniteness, indeterminateness, haziness, cloudiness, fuzziness, mistiness, lack of definition
    fuzziness, blurriness, indeterminateness, indefiniteness, lack of focus, lack of definition, obscurity, haziness, cloudiness, mistiness, murkiness, fogginess, faintness, shadowiness, dimness, nebulosity, nebulousness, shapelessness, formlessness, amorphousness
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    1. 1.1 Lack of preciseness in thought or communication.
      ‘the vagueness of terms does nothing to aid understanding’
      ‘there is a certain vagueness in his account that I find troubling’
      • ‘His reform strategies tend to be weakened either by vagueness or internal contradiction.’
      • ‘Her extensive understanding of war's horror contrasts with the ridiculous vagueness of her father's telegram announcing Victor's wounding.’
      • ‘The 'story', if it can be called that, opens in mystery and proceeds through ambiguity, equivocation, and vagueness.’
      • ‘The vagueness is what keeps us engaged until the surprise ending.’
      • ‘Whilst facilitating the adoption of this model by employers, legislative vagueness about the issue subverts the effectiveness of union resistance.’
      absent-mindedness, forgetfulness, disorganization, dreaminess, inattention, abstraction, wool-gathering, empty-headedness, giddiness, confusion, befuddlement
      impreciseness, inexactness, lack of precision, ambiguity, woolliness, looseness, unclearness, obscurity, indistinctness, generality, indefiniteness, indeterminateness, haziness, cloudiness, fuzziness, mistiness, lack of definition
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Pronunciation

vagueness

/ˈveɪɡnəs//ˈvāɡnəs/