What does vague mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obscure, vague(adj)

    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, vague(adj)

    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, wispy(adj)

    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. vague(Adjective)

    not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.

  2. vague(Adjective)

    not having a precise meaning.

    a vague term of abuse

  3. vague(Adjective)

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

  4. vague(Adjective)

    not clearly felt or sensed; somewhat subconscious.

    a vague longing

  5. vague(Adjective)

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

  6. vague(Adjective)

    lacking expression; vacant.

  7. vague(Adjective)

    not sharply outlined; hazy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vague(verb)

    wandering; vagrant; vagabond

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

  2. Vague(verb)

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

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

  3. Vague(verb)

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

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

  4. Vague(noun)

    an indefinite expanse

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

  5. Vague(verb)

    to wander; to roam; to stray

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

  6. Vague(noun)

    a wandering; a vagary

    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.]

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. Adam Schiff:

    Mr. President? North Korea still has all its nuclear missiles, and we only got a vague promise of future denuclearization from a regime that can't be trusted.

  2. Szelena Gray:

    We as a movement have not had a great example to point to when people ask what kind of reform are you talking about, what is the actual path forward, we often have to speak in vague terms because there aren't a lot of solutions to point to and say this is working really well, let's grow this.

  3. Pope Francis:

    Four or five years, i do not know, even two or three. Two have already passed. It is a somewhat vague sensation. Maybe it's like the psychology of the gambler who convinces himself he will lose, so he won't be disappointed and if he wins, is happy. I do not know.

  4. Joel Wit:

    Pompeo's visit I think was a useful beginning to set out parameters and to start working on the details of a deal, the North Koreans talked about a vague, step-by-step simultaneous approach, which seems to me the right way to move forward. That's the only thing that's going to work.

  5. Governor Fallin:

    The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors can not be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘ necessary to preserve the life of the mother, ’.

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