Definition of unclear in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈklir/


1Not easy to see, hear, or understand: the motive for this killing is unclear
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  • Evidence to the inquiries showed that the law and the way it was understood was unclear.
  • As a matter of fact the understanding is quite unclear in this area of Riba al-Fadl as well, like it is in others.
  • The story is a bit unclear, but as I understand it, she was just standing at the kitchen counter when she fell on her bum.
1.1Not obvious or definite; ambiguous: their future remains unclear
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  • Samuel's role remains unclear, but his real allegiance seems increasingly obvious.
  • However, the role of BRs in cell division remains unclear, as contradictory results have been reported.
  • It is also now quite unclear who actually has the final word: the European Commission or the Council of Ministers.
uncertain, unsure, unsettled, up in the air, debatable, open to question, in doubt, doubtful;
ambiguous, equivocal, indefinite, vague, mysterious, obscure, hazy, foggy, nebulous
informal iffy
1.2Having or feeling doubt or confusion: users are still unclear about what middleware does
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  • The confusion has left employees unclear about the future, with many not able to attend this week's briefing.
  • Initially, the intentions of the West in intervening were muddled and unclear.
  • Far too many retailers try to just ‘muddle along’, unclear about whom they are there to serve.



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  • So the other post was, unclearly, about someone offering jobs.
  • People telling me what to do, dismissively, unclearly, insults me, rather than scares me.
  • Apart from sign language, she kept struggling to express herself with her voice, though brokenly and unclearly.


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  • To create the cDNA microarray, we overcame several difficulties such as ambiguous reproducibility, inefficient hybridization, and unclearness of quantitative spike criteria by establishing our own experimentation.
  • Silhouettes began appearing in this unclearness, soon forming to real shapes and people.
  • True thought of the wisdom of the experiment erases unclearness and lack of spiritual knowledge.

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Syllabification: un·clear

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