- not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited: an indefinite number.
- not clearly defined or determined; not precise or exact: an indefinite boundary; an indefinite date in the future.
- very numerous or not easily counted, as stamens.
- (of an inflorescence) indeterminate.
Origin of indefinite
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1. unspecified; indeterminate. 2. imprecise, inexact, indistinct, confusing, vague, uncertain.
1, 2. determinate. 2. clear, specific.
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Examples from the Web for indefinite
But that these calls are now on hold for the indefinite future, due to their lack of progress and frustration on both sides.Exclusive: Putin Halts All Talks With White House
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During the trip, McCain shared his insights with Feinstein and McDonough about the true nature of indefinite detention.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance
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Now we are told U.S. troops will remain for an indefinite time helping to train Afghan forces.Hope Isn’t Enough: Without Conviction or Destination, Obama Flounders
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But many of the Brotherhood leaders have been placed on an indefinite travel ban.Coup by Acclamation?
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Unless something major changes in the price of renewables, I expect that pattern to continue for the indefinite future.What Are We Going to Do About Carbon?
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She was beginning to inspire him with an indefinite uneasiness.The Secret Agent
After an indefinite pause, she asked, "Shall you be going to St. Johnswort?"Questionable Shapes
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I attempted to pacify her by an indefinite reply to her inquiries, but in vain.Theresa Marchmont
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The Grand Plan was ambitious, indefinite, but they could not give it up.Four Girls and a Compact
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It put a name to that gnawing, indefinite feeling she had been too intent to own.The Innocent Adventuress
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- not certain or determined; unsettled
- without exact limits; indeterminatean indefinite number
- vague, evasive, or unclear
- Also: indeterminate botany
- too numerous to countindefinite stamens
- capable of continued growth at the tip of the stem, which does not terminate in a floweran indefinite inflorescence
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Word Origin and History for indefinite
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