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From Middle English unclere, equivalent to un- +‎ clear. Compare Saterland Frisian uunkloor (unclear), West Frisian ûnklear (inoperative, broken), Dutch onklaar (out of order, defective, broken), German unklar (unclear), Danish uklar (unclear), Swedish oklar (unclear).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ʌnˈklɪɚ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(r)


unclear (comparative unclearer or more unclear, superlative unclearest or most unclear)

  1. Ambiguous; liable to more than one interpretation.
  2. Not clearly or explicitly defined.
  3. Not easy to see or read; indecipherable or unreadable.
  4. Not having a clear idea; uncertain.
    I'm still unclear about what she meant by that remark.

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