Adjective "nebulous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


In the form of a cloud or haze; hazy.
  1. 'A thick, nebulous haze, caused by the manufacturing process, pervaded everywhere, revealing sparks and the blindingly bright radiance of welding from time to time.'
  2. 'Where others in this vein opt for a hazy, nebulous cloud of half-remembered dreams, Manitoba's music is direct and unassuming while still remaining evocative.'
  3. 'He nimbly steers his magic carpet through the nebulous and confusing post-modern clouds of the internet.'
  4. 'Twenty five years ago, the nebulous gas entombing the dying star at the centre was not hot enough to glow.'
  5. 'The billions of years believed necessary for the earth to evolve from some nebulous mass simply evaporate when confronted by such evidence.'
(of a concept) vague or ill-defined.
  1. 'This is the first in a series that explores the nebulous connection between modern art and cartooning.'
  2. 'That's the reassurance I want, not this nebulous approach.'
  3. 'Ultimately, it's not politics that makes the world go round but generosity, but for a lot of people that's a very nebulous concept.'
  4. 'Goals have to be defined and solid, otherwise they are nebulous - like clouds.'
  5. 'Most irritating of all, I'm finding that my brain is absolutely unable to cope with vague, nebulous concepts or ideas.'
  6. 'Yet dark energy is a nebulous concept, one that has thus far flummoxed some of the smartest researchers on the planet.'
  7. 'The focus is on ‘experience’, which is a bit nebulous in comparison to a conference on technology or design, but that's what makes it fun and interesting.'
  8. 'Rock ‘n’ roll, however, is a most nebulous phenomenon.'
  9. 'That's a much more nebulous and difficult question.'
  10. 'He did not peer through a hazy lens into a nebulous future.'
  11. 'Instead, they invented this nebulous concept of the ‘public domain’ that no one owns.'


1. hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused: a nebulous recollection of the meeting; a nebulous distinction between pride and conceit.

2. cloudy or cloudlike.

3. of or resembling a nebula or nebulae in deep space; nebular.

More examples(as adjective)

"concepts can be nebulous."

"lasts can be nebulous."

"targets can be nebulous."

"statements can be nebulous."

"people can be nebulous."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘cloudy’): from French nébuleux or Latin nebulosus, from nebula ‘mist’. nebulous (sense 2 of the adjective) dates from the early 19th century.