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なんとなく ([なんとなく] )(Vaguely)
    Meaning: Vaguely, somehow どことなくに通じる
    Example: Vaguely; somehow
    JLPT Level: 0
    Category: grammar
    Author: bamboo4

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ex #4920   あの人はなんとなく母を想いださせる。 
She vaguely resembles my mother.  
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ex #4921   なんとなく京都に行きたくなった。 
Somehow I wanted to go to Kyoto.  
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bamboo4なんとなく and どことなく can be used interchangely in many cases. However, なんとなく refers to something that is vague and not capable of pinpointing when it deals with something more or less abstract, whereas どことなく refers to vagueness that deals more or less with physical subject matter.  
yookosoA Japanese friend once told me that you could use なんとなく by itself as a reply to a question you don't feel like answering or don't know how to answer specifically. Any native speakers care to agree/disagree with this?  
kateinnakajimaone of my students used this as a reply in just such a context - when they didn't want to commit to any answer in particular and so I think this usage is generally accepted 

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