open-ended

[ oh-puh n-en-did ]
/ ˈoʊ pənˈɛn dɪd /

adjective

not having fixed limits; unrestricted; broad: an open-ended discussion.
allowing for future changes, revisions, or additions: open-ended agreements.
having no fixed answer: an open-ended question.

Origin of open-ended

First recorded in 1815–25; open + end1 + -ed3

Related forms

o·pen-end·ed·ness, noun
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open-ended


adjective

without definite limits, as of duration or amountan open-ended contract
denoting a question, esp one on a questionnaire, that cannot be answered "yes", "no", or "don't know"
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