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NEBULOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does nebulous mean? 

NEBULOUS (adjective)
  The adjective NEBULOUS has 3 senses:

1. lacking definite form or limits
2. of or relating to or resembling a nebula
3. lacking definition or definite content

  Familiarity information: NEBULOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


NEBULOUS (adjective)


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Meaning:

Lacking definite form or limits

Synonyms:

cloudy; nebulose; nebulous

Context examples:

gropes among cloudy issues toward a feeble conclusion / nebulous distinction between pride and conceit

Similar:

indistinct (not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or resembling a nebula

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

nebular; nebulous

Context example:

the nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system

Domain category:

astronomy; uranology (the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole)

Pertainym:

nebula (an immense cloud of gas (mainly hydrogen) and dust in interstellar space)


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Meaning:

Lacking definition or definite content

Synonyms:

unfixed; nebulous

Context examples:

nebulous reasons / unfixed as were her general notions of what men ought to be

Similar:

indefinite (vague or not clearly defined or stated)


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