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puzzling, perplexing, confusing
adj. lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement"
enigmatical, puzzling, enigmatic
adj. not clear to the understanding; "I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later"; "prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries"
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ambiguous
adj. having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns; "an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference"; "ambiguous inkblots"
oracular, enigmatic
adj. resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought; "the oracular sayings of Victorian poets"; "so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it"; "an enigmatic smile"
thudding, dull
adj. not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"
washed-out, washy, faded, bleached
adj. having lost freshness or brilliance of color; "sun-bleached deck chairs"; "faded jeans"; "a very pale washed-out blue"; "washy colors"
puzzling, perplexing, confusing
adj. lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement"
opaque
adj. not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight; "opaque windows of the jail"; "opaque to X-rays"
enigmatical, puzzling, enigmatic
adj. not clear to the understanding; "I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later"; "prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries"
obscure, dark
adj. marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"
impenetrable
adj. impossible to understand; "impenetrable jargon"
inconvenient
adj. not conveniently timed; "an early departure is inconvenient for us"
suspensive
adj. undecided or characterized by indecisiveness
unfixed, nebulous
adj. lacking definition or definite content; "nebulous reasons"; "unfixed as were her general notions of what men ought to be"- Jane Austen
hard, difficult
adj. not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
tough, problematical, problematic, knotty, elusive, baffling
adj. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
indistinct
adj. not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand; "indistinct shapes in the gloom"; "an indistinct memory"; "only indistinct notions of what to do"
nebulose, nebulous, cloudy
adj. lacking definite form or limits; "gropes among cloudy issues toward a feeble conclusion"- H.T.Moore; "nebulous distinction between pride and conceit"
wraithlike, shadowy
adj. lacking in substance; "strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"- W.A.Butler; "dim shadowy forms"; "a wraithlike column of smoke"
equivocal
adj. uncertain as a sign or indication; "the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal"
doubtful, questionable
adj. subject to question; "questionable motives"; "a questionable reputation"; "a fire of questionable origin"
arcane
adj. requiring secret or mysterious knowledge; "the arcane science of dowsing"
occult
adj. hidden and difficult to see; "an occult fracture"; "occult blood in the stool"
incomprehensible, inexplicable
adj. incapable of being explained or accounted for; "inexplicable errors"; "left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons"
incomprehensible, inexplicable
adj. incapable of being explained or accounted for; "inexplicable errors"; "left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons"
cryptical, mystifying, mysterious, inscrutable, deep, cryptic
adj. of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
cryptical, mystifying, mysterious, inscrutable, deep, cryptic
adj. of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
self-contradictory, paradoxical
adj. seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true; "it is paradoxical that standing is more tiring than walking"
self-contradictory, paradoxical
adj. seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true; "it is paradoxical that standing is more tiring than walking"
fathomless, unfathomable
adj. of depth; not capable of being sounded or measured
fathomless, unfathomable
adj. of depth; not capable of being sounded or measured
recondite, deep, abstruse
adj. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography"
recondite, deep, abstruse
adj. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography"
illegible
adj. (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible; "illegible handwriting"
perverse
adj. marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict; "took perverse satisfaction in foiling her plans"
complex
adj. complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"
intricate
adj. having many complexly arranged elements; elaborate; "intricate lacework"
insoluble
adj. admitting of no solution or explanation; "an insoluble doubt"
insoluble
adj. admitting of no solution or explanation; "an insoluble doubt"
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confusing, confused, bewildering
adj. causing bafflement; "the play was at the same time a bewildering and an exciting experience"
vague, obscure
adj. not clearly understood or expressed; "an obscure turn of phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard; "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke
unexplained
adj. having the reason or cause not made clear; "an unexplained error"
obscure, dark
adj. marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"
elusive
adj. skillful at eluding capture; "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline
impenetrable
adj. impossible to understand; "impenetrable jargon"
indecipherable
adj. impossible to determine the meaning of; "an indecipherable message"
unintelligible, opaque
adj. not clearly understood or expressed
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definite
adj. known for certain; "it is definite that they have won"
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