What does vague mean?

Definitions for vague
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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.

ChatGPT

  1. vague

    Vague refers to something that is uncertain, unclear, or imprecise in meaning or details. It lacks specificity and may be difficult to understand or interpret accurately. A vague statement or concept leaves room for interpretation or ambiguity, often due to a lack of specific information or detail provided.

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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. VAGUE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Vague is ranked #82317 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Vague surname appeared 229 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Vague.

    86.9% or 199 total occurrences were White.
    5.6% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 6 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  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. 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.

  2. Mohamed Adow:

    It is fuzzy and vague. The missed deadline for the $ 100 billion promise doesn't get acknowledged -- and this is a key ask from vulnerable countries.

  3. Kate Jones:

    People say, I want to come to the Maldives for 10 days and will do two posts on Instagram to like 2000 followers, it’s people with 600 Facebook friends saying, ‘Hi, I’m an influencer, I want to stay in your hotel for seven days.' Jones said she receives often very vague requests, and usually at least six each day. These people are expecting five to seven nights on average, all inclusive. Maldives is not a cheap destination. SILVER AIRWAYS PASSENGERS CATCH COUPLE HAVING SEX IN SEATS BEHIND THEM So common are deals being sought by travel bloggers that many luxury hotels have taken to outlining their criteria online. The stunning villas of the Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Maldives are as picturesque as any other. On the resort’s website, there is a section specifically aimed at influencers. In it, resort management declares exactly what it’s looking for ... and what it’s not.

  4. Steve Vladeck:

    Much of the debate between the Justices in this case is over just how far they can go to rewrite a poorly worded statute in order to save it from constitutional challenge, that fight shows up in three of the Court's four decisions from Monday -- and is, in many ways, a sign of the times, as Supreme Court confronts an increasingly polarized Congress that, for various reasons, may be more likely to write vague statutes than clear ones.

  5. Kim Woo-chan:

    Both apology and promise are vague. He did not specifically address what he has done wrong.

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