indefinite

[ in-def-uh-nit ]
/ ɪnˈdɛf ə nɪt /

adjective

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.
Botany.
  1. very numerous or not easily counted, as stamens.
  2. (of an inflorescence) indeterminate.

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Origin of indefinite

From the Latin word indēfīnītus, dating back to 1520–30. See in-3, definite

OTHER WORDS FROM indefinite

in·def·i·nite·ly, adverbin·def·i·nite·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for indefinitely (1 of 2)

indefinitely
/ (ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪtlɪ) /

adverb

without any limit of time or number

British Dictionary definitions for indefinitely (2 of 2)

indefinite
/ (ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪt) /

adjective

not certain or determined; unsettled
without exact limits; indeterminatean indefinite number
vague, evasive, or unclear
Also: indeterminate botany
  1. too numerous to countindefinite stamens
  2. capable of continued growth at the tip of the stem, which does not terminate in a floweran indefinite inflorescence

Derived forms of indefinite

indefiniteness, noun
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