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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unclear mean? 

UNCLEAR (adjective)
  The adjective UNCLEAR has 3 senses:

1. poorly stated or described
2. not clear to the mind
3. not easily deciphered

  Familiarity information: UNCLEAR used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

UNCLEAR (adjective)

Sense 1unclear [BACK TO TOP]


Poorly stated or described


ill-defined; unclear

Context example:

he confuses the reader with ill-defined terms and concepts

Sense 2unclear [BACK TO TOP]


Not clear to the mind

Context examples:

the law itself was unclear on that point / the reason for their actions is unclear to this day


obscure; vague (not clearly understood or expressed)

bewildering (causing bafflement)

blurred; clouded (unclear in form or expression)

confusing; perplexing; puzzling (lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity)


ambiguous (having more than one possible meaning)

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

opaque (not clear; not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy)

incomprehensible; uncomprehensible (difficult to understand)

indefinite (vague or not clearly defined or stated)


clarity; clearness; limpidity; lucidity; lucidness; pellucidity (free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression)


clear (clear to the mind)

Sense 3unclear [BACK TO TOP]


Not easily deciphered


indecipherable; undecipherable; unreadable; unclear

Context example:

indecipherable handwriting


illegible ((of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible)

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