What does vague mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obscure, vagueadjective

    not clearly understood or expressed

    "an obscure turn of phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard; "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke

  2. undefined, vagueadjective

    not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished

    "an undefined term"; "undefined authority"; "some undefined sense of excitement"; "vague feelings of sadness"; "a vague uneasiness"

  3. dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispyadjective

    lacking clarity or distinctness

    "a dim figure in the distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood"

Wiktionary

  1. vagueadjective

    not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.

  2. vagueadjective

    not having a precise meaning.

    a vague term of abuse

  3. vagueadjective

    not clearly defined, grasped, or understood; indistinct; slight.

  4. vagueadjective

    not clearly felt or sensed; somewhat subconscious.

    a vague longing

  5. vagueadjective

    not thinking or expressing one's thoughts clearly or precisely.

  6. vagueadjective

    lacking expression; vacant.

  7. vagueadjective

    not sharply outlined; hazy.

Wikipedia

  1. vague

    In linguistics and philosophy, a vague predicate is one which gives rise to borderline cases. For example, the English adjective "tall" is vague since it is not clearly true or false for someone of middling height. By contrast, the word "prime" is not vague since every number is definitively either prime or not. Vagueness is commonly diagnosed by a predicate's ability to give rise to the Sorites paradox. Vagueness is separate from ambiguity, in which an expression has multiple denotations. For instance the word "bank" is ambiguous since it can refer either to a river bank or to a financial institution, but there are no borderline cases between both interpretations. Vagueness is a major topic of research in philosophical logic, where it serves as a potential challenge to classical logic. Work in formal semantics has sought to provide a compositional semantics for vague expressions in natural language. Work in philosophy of language has addressed implications of vagueness for the theory of meaning, while metaphysicians have considered whether reality itself is vague.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vagueverb

    wandering; vagrant; vagabond

  2. Vagueverb

    unsettled; unfixed; undetermined; indefinite; ambiguous; as, a vague idea; a vague proposition

  3. Vagueverb

    proceeding from no known authority; unauthenticated; uncertain; flying; as, a vague report

  4. Vaguenoun

    an indefinite expanse

  5. Vagueverb

    to wander; to roam; to stray

  6. Vaguenoun

    a wandering; a vagary

  7. Etymology: [F. vaguer, L. vagari, fr. vagus roaming.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vague

    vāg, adj. unsettled: indefinite: uncertain: of doubtful origin: not thinking clearly.—v.i. (obs.) to wander.—n. indefinite expanse.—adv. Vague′ly.—n. Vague′ness. [Fr.,—L. vagus, wandering.]

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vague' in Adjectives Frequency: #758

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vague in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vague in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of vague in a Sentence

  1. Aleister Crowley:

    The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.

  2. Jeffrey Lichtman:

    I think that this could be interpreted as not permitting her to sue anyone else for any claims relating to Jeffrey Epstein, but it really depends on how this is interpreted. It was either purposefully vague or badly written.

  3. Carl Sagan:

    Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science?

  4. Lynn King:

    One could argue the plain meaning of the legislation by spelling it out in English, represents an intent to have it be government sponsored speech with a specific message they want to convey, on the other hand, it could be argued that the law is vague in that it does not identify that it could NOT be written in other languages.

  5. Michael Murphy:

    This comes back to the definitions of abortion-inducing drugs and state laws which sometimes are very detailed and very clear but sometimes are very vague and up to a lot of misunderstandings.

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