# Indeterminate

## In`de*ter"mi*nate

(?), a. [L.*indeterminatus*.] Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an

*indeterminate*number of years.

*Paley.*

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**Indeterminate analysis**
*(Math.)*, that branch of analysis which has for its object the solution of indeterminate problems. --
**Indeterminate coefficients**
*(Math.)*, coefficients arbitrarily assumed for convenience of calculation, or to facilitate some artifice of analysis. Their values are subsequently determined. --
**Indeterminate equation**
*(Math.)*, an equation in which the unknown quantities admit of an infinite number of values, or sets of values. A group of equations is indeterminate when it contains more unknown quantities than there are equations. --
**Indeterminate inflorescence**
*(Bot.)*, a mode of inflorescence in which the flowers all arise from axillary buds, the terminal bud going on to grow and sometimes continuing the stem indefinitely; -- called also
*acropetal inflorescence*,
*botryose inflorescence*,
*centripetal inflorescence*, and
*indefinite inflorescence*.
*Gray.* --
**Indeterminate problem**
*(Math.)*, a problem which admits of an infinite number of solutions, or one in which there are fewer imposed conditions than there are unknown or required results. --
**Indeterminate quantity**
*(Math.)*, a quantity which has no fixed value, but which may be varied in accordance with any proposed condition. --
**Indeterminate series**
*(Math.)*, a series whose terms proceed by the powers of an indeterminate quantity, sometimes also with indeterminate exponents, or indeterminate coefficients.

-- In`de*ter"mi*nate*ly
adv. -- In`de*ter"mi*nate*ness,
n.

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