Vaguery vs. Vague - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Vague

    In analytic philosophy and linguistics, a concept may be considered vague if its extension is deemed lacking in clarity, if there is uncertainty about which objects belong to the concept or which exhibit characteristics that have this predicate (so-called "border-line cases"), or if the Sorites paradox applies to the concept or predicate.The concept of ambiguity is generally contrasted with vagueness. In ambiguity, specific and distinct interpretations are permitted (although some may not be immediately obvious), whereas with information that is vague, it is difficult to form any interpretation at the desired level of specificity. In everyday speech, vagueness is an inevitable, often even desired, effect of language usage. However, in most specialized texts (e.g., legal documents), vagueness is often regarded as problematic and undesirable.

Wiktionary

  • Vaguery (noun)

    Vagueness, the condition of being vague.

  • Vaguery (noun)

    A vagueness, a thing which is vague, an example of vagueness.

  • Vaguery (noun)

    An eggcorn for vagaries.

  • Vague (adjective)

    Not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.

  • Vague (adjective)

    Not having a precise meaning.

    "a vague term of abuse"

  • Vague (adjective)

    Not clearly defined, grasped, or understood; indistinct; slight.

    "only a vague notion of what’s needed;"

    "a vague hint of a thickening waistline;"

    "I"

    "haven’t the vaguest idea."

  • Vague (adjective)

    Not clearly felt or sensed; somewhat subconscious.

    "a vague longing"

  • Vague (adjective)

    Not thinking or expressing one’s thoughts clearly or precisely.

  • Vague (adjective)

    Lacking expression; vacant.

  • Vague (adjective)

    Not sharply outlined; hazy.

  • Vague (adjective)

    Wandering; vagrant; vagabond.

  • Vague (noun)

    A wandering; a vagary.

  • Vague (noun)

    An indefinite expanse.

  • Vague (verb)

    to wander; to roam; to stray.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Vague (adjective)

    of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning

    "many patients suffer vague symptoms"

  • Vague (adjective)

    thinking or communicating in an unfocused or imprecise way

    "he had been very vague about his activities"

Webster Dictionary

  • Vague (adjective)

    Wandering; vagrant; vagabond.

  • Vague (adjective)

    Unsettled; unfixed; undetermined; indefinite; ambiguous; as, a vague idea; a vague proposition.

  • Vague (adjective)

    Proceeding from no known authority; unauthenticated; uncertain; flying; as, a vague report.

  • Vague (noun)

    An indefinite expanse.

  • Vague (noun)

    A wandering; a vagary.

  • Vague (verb)

    To wander; to roam; to stray.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Vague (adjective)

    not clearly understood or expressed;

    "an obscure turn of phrase"

    "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"

    "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"

    "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"

  • Vague (adjective)

    not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished;

    "an undefined term"

    "undefined authority"

    "some undefined sense of excitement"

    "vague feelings of sadness"

    "a vague uneasiness"

  • Vague (adjective)

    lacking clarity or distinctness;

    "a dim figure in the distance"

    "only a faint recollection"

    "shadowy figures in the gloom"

    "saw a vague outline of a building through the fog"

    "a few wispy memories of childhood"

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