indistinct




Is it hard to tell what someone is saying? Can you not see something clearly? Anything hard to make out is indistinct.

Indistinct things are fuzzy, unclear, and hard to see or understand. A whisper can be indistinct. A clear, confident speaker is not indistinct. People like to say what a cloud is shaped like, but clouds are generally pretty indistinct — that’s why different people will see different shapes in the same cloud. When we’re writing, speaking, or drawing, we should try to be distinct, not indistinct — because we want to be understood.

Definitions of indistinct
  1. adjective

    not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand

    indistinct shapes in the gloom”
    “an
    indistinct memory”
    “only
    indistinct notions of what to do”
    Synonyms:

    unclear

    not clear to the mind
    indefinite

    vague or not clearly defined or stated
    bedimmed

    made dim or indistinct
    bleary, blurred, blurry, foggy, fuzzy, hazy, muzzy

    indistinct or hazy in outline
    cloudy, nebulose, nebulous

    lacking definite form or limits
    dim, faint, shadowy, vague, wispy

    lacking clarity or distinctness
    faint

    indistinctly understood or felt or perceived
    veiled

    muted or unclear
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    Antonyms:

    distinct

    easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined
    clear

    readily apparent to the mind
    definite

    precise; explicit and clearly defined
    chiseled, well-defined

    having a clean and distinct outline as if precisely cut along the edges
    clean-cut, clear, clear-cut

    clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible
    crisp, sharp

    (of something seen or heard) clearly defined
    crystalline

    distinctly or sharply outlined
    defined, outlined

    showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary
    knifelike

    having a sharp or distinct edge
    razor-sharp

    very clearly delineated
    precise

    sharply exact or accurate or delimited
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