vagueness


vagueness
a) The condition of being unclear; vague.

If a mans deep and conscientious regard for the truth be such that he cannot, consistently with the requisitions of his moral nature, repeat to others mere vaguenesses and uncertainties, he will naturally give such strict and serious attention to the present objects of inquiry and knowledge, that they will remain in his memory afterward with remarkable distinctness and permanency.

b) Something which is vague, or an instance or example of vagueness.

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