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indefinite

[in-def-uh-nit] /ɪnˈdɛf ə nɪt/
adjective
1.
not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited:
an indefinite number.
2.
not clearly defined or determined; not precise or exact:
an indefinite boundary; an indefinite date in the future.
4.
Botany.
  1. very numerous or not easily counted, as stamens.
  2. (of an inflorescence) indeterminate.
Origin of indefinite
1520-1530
From the Latin word indēfīnītus, dating back to 1520-30. See in-3, definite
Related forms
indefinitely, adverb
indefiniteness, noun
Synonyms
1. unspecified; indeterminate. 2. imprecise, inexact, indistinct, confusing, vague, uncertain.
Antonyms
1, 2. determinate. 2. clear, specific.
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  • She was beginning to inspire him with an indefinite uneasiness.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • After an indefinite pause, she asked, "Shall you be going to St. Johnswort?"

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • I attempted to pacify her by an indefinite reply to her inquiries, but in vain.

    Theresa Marchmont Mrs Charles Gore
  • The Grand Plan was ambitious, indefinite, but they could not give it up.

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • It put a name to that gnawing, indefinite feeling she had been too intent to own.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for indefinite

indefinite

/ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪt/
adjective
1.
not certain or determined; unsettled
2.
without exact limits; indeterminate: an indefinite number
3.
vague, evasive, or unclear
4.
(botany) Also indeterminate
  1. too numerous to count: indefinite stamens
  2. capable of continued growth at the tip of the stem, which does not terminate in a flower: an indefinite inflorescence
Derived Forms
indefiniteness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indefinite
adj.

early 15c. (implied in indefinitely), from Latin indefinitus, from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + definitus, past participle of definire (see define).

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