- 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.
- very numerous or not easily counted, as stamens.
- (of an inflorescence) indeterminate.
Origin of indefinite
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1. unspecified; indeterminate. 2. imprecise, inexact, indistinct, confusing, vague, uncertain.
1, 2. determinate. 2. clear, specific.
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Examples from the Web for indefiniteness
In this matter there must be no indefiniteness, no chance for misunderstanding.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The Jesuit notion does not err on the score of indefiniteness.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
And, as another of the elements of this creation of beauty, there must be indefiniteness. 'Figures of Several Centuries
For, with all her wealth and power, Joyce often felt this "indefiniteness," as she called it.Joyce's Investments
Fannie E. Newberry
He could not be moulded to a clever womans liking, for all his indefiniteness.The Dull Miss Archinard
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
- not certain or determined; unsettled
- without exact limits; indeterminatean indefinite number
- vague, evasive, or unclear
- Also: indeterminate botany
- too numerous to countindefinite stamens
- capable of continued growth at the tip of the stem, which does not terminate in a floweran indefinite inflorescence
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Word Origin and History for indefiniteness
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