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.
  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 formsin·def·i·nite·ly, adverbin·def·i·nite·ness, noun

Synonyms for indefinite

Antonyms for indefinite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for indefiniteness

cloudiness, uncertainty, obscureness, ambiguity, obscurity, ambiguousness

Examples from the Web for indefiniteness

Historical Examples of 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.

  • And, as another of the elements of this creation of beauty, there must be indefiniteness. '

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for indefiniteness



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 Formsindefiniteness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indefiniteness



early 15c. (implied in indefinitely), from Latin indefinitus, from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + definitus, past participle of definire (see define).

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