[oh-puh n-en-did]


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 formso·pen-end·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for open-ended

unrestricted, unlimited, flexible, hanging, loose, open, undetermined

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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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Word Origin and History for open-ended

1825, from open (adj.) + end (n.).

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