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Definition of "indistinct" []

  • Not clearly or sharply delineated: an indistinct pattern; indistinct shapes in the gloom. (adjective)
  • Faint; dim: indistinct stars. (adjective)
  • Hazy; vague: an indistinct memory; an indistinct notion of how to proceed. (adjective)
  • Difficult to understand or make out: indistinct speech. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "indistinct" in a sentence
  • "Carey wants to have it both ways: it is because literature can "communicate" more effectively and it can also remain "indistinct" in the manner common to all the arts that it is ultimately the most valuable of the arts."
  • "In addition, there are approximately three million Burakumin “hamlet people”, who are culturally, ethnically, and religiously indistinct from the Japanese—and yet the Japanese consider them a separate group and discriminate against them."
  • "Unlike the distinct representation of a triangle whereby the intellect distinguishes parts and aspects of the triangle from one another, a sensuous representation is clear but indistinct, that is to say, to have a sensuous representation is to perceive something without intellectually distinguishing its parts or aspects."