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Syllabification: vague
Pronunciation: /vāɡ

Definition of vague in English:


1Of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning: many patients suffer vague symptoms
More example sentences
  • There is certainly a need for change, but these plans at present are vague, confusing and uncertain.
  • The news is uncertain, the details clouded and vague, and the truth behind the fact is elusive.
  • Even so the allegations were so vague they would have been impossible to defend.
1.1Thinking or communicating in an unfocused or imprecise way: he had been very vague about his activities
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  • The party has been vague and woolly with regard to the treaty settlement process up until now.
  • Someone might reply that my explanation is vague and approximate.
  • The problem is that talk of the interests of justice is very vague and very general.
imprecise, rough, approximate, inexact, incomplete, nonspecific, generalized, ambiguous, equivocal, hazy, woolly


mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin vagus 'wandering, uncertain'.



Example sentences
  • But the book, which is based on various lectures, is undermined by a maddening vagueness.
  • The report is also critical of road safety education because of its lack of prominence, vagueness and poor training for teachers.
  • The vagueness of privacy as a legal term is striking when it is contrasted with a clearer, more established term such as private property.


Example sentences
  • It's not without its flaws, but being vaguish isn't one of them.
  • I have this vaguish recollection of a friend asking me this question once about 10 years ago.
  • Is it just too vaguish or long winded for such efforts to be considered worthwhile on your part?

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