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.

Origin of indefinite

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

Related forms

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

indefiniteness, noun
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