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 for indeterminate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indeterminate \In`de*ter"mi*nate\, a. [L. indeterminatus.]
     Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not
     precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. --Paley.
     [1913 Webster]
     Indeterminate analysis (Math.), that branch of analysis
        which has for its object the solution of indeterminate
     Indeterminate coefficients (Math.), coefficients
        arbitrarily assumed for convenience of calculation, or to
        facilitate some artifice of analysis. Their values are
        subsequently determined.
     Indeterminate equation (Math.), an equation in which the
        unknown quantities admit of an infinite number of values,
        or sets of values. A group of equations is indeterminate
        when it contains more unknown quantities than there are
     Indeterminate inflorescence (Bot.), a mode of inflorescence
        in which the flowers all arise from axillary buds, the
        terminal bud going on to grow and sometimes continuing the
        stem indefinitely; -- called also acropetal
        inflorescence, botryose inflorescence, centripetal
        inflorescence, and indefinite inflorescence. --Gray.
     Indeterminate problem (Math.), a problem which admits of an
        infinite number of solutions, or one in which there are
        fewer imposed conditions than there are unknown or
        required results.
     Indeterminate quantity (Math.), a quantity which has no
        fixed value, but which may be varied in accordance with
        any proposed condition.
     Indeterminate series (Math.), a series whose terms proceed
        by the powers of an indeterminate quantity, sometimes also
        with indeterminate exponents, or indeterminate
        coefficients. -- In`de*ter"mi*nate*ly adv. --
        In`de*ter"mi*nate*ness, n.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: not precisely determined or established; not fixed or
             known in advance; "of indeterminate age"; "a zillion is a
             large indeterminate number"; "an indeterminate point of
             law"; "the influence of environment is indeterminate";
             "an indeterminate future" [syn: indeterminate,
             undetermined] [ant: determinate]
      2: having a capacity for continuing to grow at the apex; "an
         indeterminate stem" [ant: determinate]
      3: of uncertain or ambiguous nature; "the equivocal (or
         indeterminate) objects painted by surrealists"
      4: not capable of being determined; "the indeterminate number of
         plant species in the jungle"
      5: not leading to a definite ending or result; "an indeterminate

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  100 Moby Thesaurus words for "indeterminate":
     abstract, accidental, adventitious, aleatoric, aleatory, amorphic,
     amorphous, anarchic, baggy, bland, blind, blobby, blurred, blurry,
     broad, casual, causeless, chance, chancy, chaotic, characterless,
     clear as mud, cloudy, collective, confused, contingent, dark,
     destinal, dicey, dim, disordered, disorderly, fatal, fatidic,
     featureless, fluky, foggy, formless, fortuitous, fuzzy, general,
     generalized, generic, hazy, hit-or-miss, iffy, ill-defined,
     imprecise, inaccurate, inchoate, incidental, incoherent,
     indecisive, indefinable, indefinite, indeterminable, indistinct,
     inexact, inform, kaleidoscopic, lax, loose, lumpen, misty, muddy,
     murky, nebulous, neutral, nondescript, nonspecific, obscure,
     opaque, orderless, random, risky, shadowed forth, shadowy,
     shapeless, stochastic, sweeping, transcendent, uncaused,
     uncharacterized, unclear, undefined, undestined, undetermined,
     undifferentiated, unexpected, unforeseeable, unforeseen,
     unlooked-for, unordered, unorganized, unplain, unpredictable,
     unspecified, vague, veiled, wide

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INDETERMINATE. That which is uncertain or not particularly designated; as, 
  if I sell you one hundred bushels of wheat, without stating what wheat. 1 
  Bouv. Inst. n. 950. 

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