• WordNet 3.6
    • n vagueness indistinctness of shape or character "the scene had the swirling vagueness of a painting by Turner"
    • n vagueness unclearness by virtue of being poorly expressed or not coherent in meaning "the Conservative manifesto is a model of vagueness","these terms were used with a vagueness that suggested little or no thought about what each might convey"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vagueness The quality or state of being vague.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vagueness The state of being vague, indefinite, unsettled, or uncertain; ambiguousness; indistinctness.
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  • Bill Cosby
    “The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.”
  • George Ade
    George Ade
    “For parlor use, the vague generality is a life saver.”
  • Raymond Smullyan
    Raymond Smullyan
    “Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.”
  • Aleister Crowley
    “The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.”
  • Charles Sanders Peirce
    Charles Sanders Peirce
    “All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.”


In literature:

Much of it was vague, but of one thing they were certain.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Bagster looked vaguely troubled.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
And yet, while steadily applying himself to his work, vague fancies again assailed his mind.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
In the Chamber it was thought that Granet did not like Vaudrey too well, and Sulpice vaguely scented in him a candidate for his office.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
With the mild steam rose the vague perfume of violets.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
She had always been ambitious, but vaguely so, having no determined object in view.
"A Man's Woman" by Frank Norris
Suddenly he realised that ever since he had left Senga, a vague envy of Harry Luttrell had been springing up in his heart.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
He felt a vague pride in her.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
But he wondered vaguely what the babies had, at the moment, to grow up upon, even as little vagabonds.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
Merryon pursued the matter no further, but he was vaguely dissatisfied.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell

In poetry:

One thing is surer than the autumn tints
We saw last week in yonder river bend—
That all our poor expression helps and hints,
However vaguely, to the solemn end
"Faith in God" by Henry Kendall
Rich in the present, though poor in the past,
I yearn for the future, vague and vast;
And lo! what treasure of glorious things
Giant Futurity sheds from his wings;
"The Song Of Sixteen" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
How shall the living be comforted for the dead
When they are gone, and nothing's left behind
But a vague music of the words they said
And a fast-fading image in the mind?
"The Dead" by William Kerr
What time I am where others be,
My heart seems very calm— Stone calm; but if all go from me,
There comes a vague alarm,
A shrinking in the memory
From some forgotten harm.
"Heart’s Chill Between" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Thus would I have thee rise; thy fancy laden
With the vague sweetness of the bygone night,
Thinking of me as some consenting maiden,
Whose beauty blossomed first for thy delight.
"Song Of Jasoda" by Laurence Hope
Two shots - the wife and daughter sink,
Each with a mortal wound,
And the vicar, too madden'd by far to think,
Rushes boldly on to death's vague brink
With the manhood he has found.
"The Peace Advocate" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

The IASB says certain "vague" requirements in the liability -measurement section of IAS 37 make it difficult for investors to compare financial statements.
(Note to musicians: please create more vaguely Easter-themed music.
Renee Zellweger motors through the 1950s in vague biopic 'My One and Only .'.
JACKSON, MI – Somewhere around 1995, my voting process underwent a fundamental change that seemed vaguely shameful.
The tribe has been vague on details of the project, including design, cost estimates and financial backers.
I predict the future, but only vaguely, and entirely inaccurately.
Andy is vague about his mother's condition.
I vaguely remember a time in the dim past during which they got along and didn't argue.
Plain Dealer file photograph The Ohio Supreme Court's ruling on lakefront property rights proves that vagueness isn't always the worst outcome.
US Officials Tell of Getting Warning Last Month, but Say It Was Too Vague.
The Miss USA Contestant 'Glamshots' Are Vaguely Reminiscent of Chanel's Pre- Fall Show.
Andy Reid was vague when discussing his left tackle situation Wednesday.
HOUSTON—Amid the poll workers passing out pushcards at a college campus in southeast Houston stood what looked like a vaguely familiar face.
When planning your new home theater with your installer, you can't just be vague.
Any time he does anything that even vaguely resembles a move to the right, you can expect Democrats to pull out their Etch A Sketches .

In science:

N converges vaguely towards ˜τ [q ] ∞ when N goes to infinity.
The distribution of eigenvalues of randomized permutation matrices
Indeed, (probably) the first question in this topic is due to Sylvester : in 1864 he (vaguely) asked, what is the probability that four randomly chosen points in a planar convex disc are in convex position, that is, none of them is in the convex hull of the other three.
Stability results for the volume of random simplices
Recall that for sigma-finite Borel measures µn , µ on Γ = Rd \ {0}, µn (vague convergence) means that µn (D) → µ(D) for Borel sets D ⊂ Γ that are bounded away from zero, for which µ(∂D) = 0.
Tempered stable laws as random walk limits
In the current paper, we are interested in how a randomly generated sequence of ESDs µAn converges as n → ∞, and so we will put the standard vague topology on the space of probability measures on C.
Universality and the circular law for sparse random matrices
To this aim, let Mloc (R) denote the space of locally finite measures on R, endowed with the vague topology.
Stochastic flows in the Brownian web and net