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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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Examples from the Web for indefinitely
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  • He should survive, even if the event were indefinitely postponed.

  • Then I wished that dinner might go on indefinitely like the tea party of the Mad Hatter.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The gentleman did not know his name, and could but indefinitely describe his person.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Society is based on the family, and the clever wastrel can exploit this indefinitely.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • He asked if we intended remaining at Bancroft's indefinitely.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for indefinitely

indefinitely

/ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪtlɪ/
adverb
1.
without any limit of time or number

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 indefinitely
adv.

early 15c.; see indefinite + -ly (2).

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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