unclear

I
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
vague, ambiguous, hazy, fuzzy, blurred, veiled, cloudy, foggy, muddy, indistinct, obscure.
ANT.: clear, distinct, obvious
II
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Liable to more than one interpretation: ambiguous, cloudy, equivocal, inexplicit, nebulous, obscure, uncertain, vague. See CERTAIN, CLEAR. 2. Not affording certainty: ambiguous, borderline, chancy, clouded, doubtful, dubious, dubitable, equivocal, inconclusive, indecisive, indeterminate, problematic, problematical, questionable, uncertain, unsure. Informal: iffy. Idioms: at issue, in doubt, in question. See CERTAIN, CLEAR. 3. Not clearly perceived or perceptible: blear, bleary, cloudy, dim, faint, foggy, fuzzy, hazy, indefinite, indistinct, misty, obscure, shadowy, undistinct, vague. See CLEAR.

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  • unclear — un|clear [ ʌn klır ] adjective * not obvious, definite, or easy to understand: The police say the motive for the attack is still unclear. it is unclear what/why/who etc.: It is unclear who fired the first shot. be unclear about/as to something to …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unclear */ — UK [ʌnˈklɪə(r)] / US [ʌnˈklɪr] adjective not obvious, definite, or easy to understand Police say the motive for the attack is still unclear. it is unclear what/why/who etc: It is unclear who fired the first shot. • be unclear about/as to… …   English dictionary

  • unclear — [[t]ʌ̱nklɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ, oft it v link ADJ wh If something is unclear, it is not known or not certain. It is unclear how much popular support they have among the island s population... Just what the soldier was doing in …   English dictionary

  • unclear — un|clear [ˌʌnˈklıə US ˈklır] adj 1.) difficult to understand or be sure about, so that there is doubt or confusion ▪ The terms of the contract are very unclear. 2.) be unclear about sth to not understand something clearly ▪ I m rather unclear… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unclear — adjective 1 difficult to understand or be sure about, so that there is doubt or confusion: The terms of the contract are very unclear. 2 be unclear about to not understand something clearly: I m rather unclear about what I m supposed to be doing… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • unclear — [ʌnˈklɪə] adj not obvious, definite, or easy to understand • be unclear about/as to sth to not understand something, or to not be certain about something[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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