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[in-tur-muh-nuh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɜr mə nə bəl/
incapable of being terminated; unending:
an interminable job.
monotonously or annoyingly protracted or continued; unceasing; incessant:
I can't stand that interminable clatter.
having no limits:
an interminable desert.
Origin of interminable
First recorded in 1325-75; Middle English word from Late Latin word interminābilis. See in-3, terminable
Related forms
interminableness, interminability, noun
interminably, adverb Unabridged
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  • He is weary of the interminable procession of comfortless nights and days.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
  • There is a gulf between me and your house, an interminable gulf that cannot be crossed.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • She found that this defensive warfare partly distracted her from the witless, interminable bickering within.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • All the conditions of this interminable conflict are against them.

    Zionism and Anti-Semitism Max Simon Nordau
  • He himself had had enough of it, this interminable display was quite exhausting him.

British Dictionary definitions for interminable


endless or seemingly endless because of monotony or tiresome length
Derived Forms
interminability, interminableness, noun
interminably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interminable

late 14c., from Late Latin interminabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + terminabilis, from terminalis (see terminal). Related: Interminably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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