[in-tur-muh-nuh-buh l]
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  1. incapable of being terminated; unending: an interminable job.
  2. monotonously or annoyingly protracted or continued; unceasing; incessant: I can't stand that interminable clatter.
  3. having no limits: an interminable desert.

Origin of interminable

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English word from Late Latin word interminābilis. See in-3, terminable
Related formsin·ter·mi·na·ble·ness, in·ter·mi·na·bil·i·ty, nounin·ter·mi·na·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for interminability

labor, interminability

Examples from the Web for interminability

Historical Examples of interminability

  • The chief characteristic of Broadway is its interminability.

    Your United States

    Arnold Bennett

  • And rueful as the strain was, it helped him assign the pageant a near distance, a middle distance, and then interminability.

  • He lay in a semi-torpor, whose most vivid consciousness was that of mental discomfort and the interminability of time.

    The Claim Jumpers

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for interminability


  1. endless or seemingly endless because of monotony or tiresome length
Derived Formsinterminability or interminableness, nouninterminably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interminability



late 14c., from Late Latin interminabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + terminabilis, from terminalis (see terminal). Related: Interminably.

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