- not having fixed limits; unrestricted; broad: an open-ended discussion.
- allowing for future changes, revisions, or additions: open-ended agreements.
- having no fixed answer: an open-ended question.
Origin of open-ended
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Examples from the Web for open-ended
Major General Jean Kahwaji of the Lebanese armed forces recently declared an “open-ended war” with the militants.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
But the option of replacing a new diplomatic breakthrough with open-ended diplomatic muddle-through is not on the table.Iran Nuke Deal: A Matter of War or Peace
November 23, 2014
After any number of open-ended interviews are conducted, a suspect may emerge.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
However, even they are now beginning to worry about the long-term effects if these open-ended protests continue.Hong Kong Between Calm and Chaos
October 3, 2014
After several broken agreements, the open-ended ceasefire agreed to on August 26 has held.The Gaza Strip Before And After
September 19, 2014
That is, they are open-ended connections in status nascendi.The Civilization of Illiteracy
The cooks worked in an open-ended extension at the rear of the great room.On Canada's Frontier
This is built of open-ended sections jointed so that they may pass round the terminal rollers.The Romance of Modern Mechanism
- without definite limits, as of duration or amountan open-ended contract
- denoting a question, esp one on a questionnaire, that cannot be answered "yes", "no", or "don't know"
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Word Origin and History for open-ended
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