vague

If your grasp of physics is vague and you've got a test coming up, it's time to hit the books. When something is vague, it’s unclear, murky, and hard to understand.

Vague comes from the Latin vagus, which means wandering or rambling. Think of a vagabond, someone who wanders around the world with only a vague idea of where he's going. There are a few big, impressive words for vague, including ambiguous, nebulous, and tenebrous.

Definitions of vague
1

adj lacking clarity or distinctness

“saw a vague outline of a building through the fog”
Synonyms:
dim, faint, shadowy, wispy
indistinct
not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand

adj not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished

vague feelings of sadness”
“a vague uneasiness”
Synonyms:
undefined
indefinable, undefinable
not capable of being precisely or readily described; not easily put into words
indefinite
vague or not clearly defined or stated
Antonyms:
defined
clearly characterized or delimited
definite
precise; explicit and clearly defined
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adj not clearly understood or expressed

“"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”
Synonyms:
obscure
unclear
not clear to the mind

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