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Definitions for indefinite
ɪnˈdɛf ə nɪtin·def·i·nite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indefiniteadjective

    vague or not clearly defined or stated

    "must you be so indefinite?"; "amorphous blots of color having vague and indefinite edges"; "he would not answer so indefinite a proposal"

  2. indefiniteadjective

    not decided or not known

    "were indefinite about their plans"; "plans are indefinite"


  1. indefiniteadjective

    Without limit; forever, or until further notice; not definite.

  2. indefiniteadjective

    Vague or unclear.

  3. indefiniteadjective

    Undecided or uncertain.

  4. indefiniteadjective

    An integral without specified limits.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INDEFINITEadjective

    Etymology: indefinitus, Latin; indefinit, Fr.

    Though a position should be wholly rejected, yet that negative is more pregnant of direction than an indefinite; as ashes are more generative than dust. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Her advancement was left indefinite; but thus, that it should be as great as ever any former queen of England had. Francis Bacon.

    Tragedy and picture are more narrowly circumscribed by place and time than the epick poem: the time of this last is left indefinite. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Though it is not infinite, it may be indefinite; though it is not boundless in itself, it may be so to human comprehension. Spectator.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indefiniteadjective

    not definite; not limited, defined, or specified; not explicit; not determined or fixed upon; not precise; uncertain; vague; confused; obscure; as, an indefinite time, plan, etc

  2. Indefiniteadjective

    having no determined or certain limits; large and unmeasured, though not infinite; unlimited; as indefinite space; the indefinite extension of a straight line

  3. Indefiniteadjective

    boundless; infinite

  4. Indefiniteadjective

    too numerous or variable to make a particular enumeration important; -- said of the parts of a flower, and the like. Also, indeterminate

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Indefinite

    in-def′i-nit, adj. not limited: not precise or certain: (logic) indeterminate in logical quantity.—adv. Indef′initely.—n. Indef′initeness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indefinite in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indefinite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of indefinite in a Sentence

  1. Paul Cieslak:

    Permanent means indefinite. It doesn’t necessarily mean permanent, we can repeal it as well, but we are only allowed to have a temporary rule for 180 days, and anything that goes beyond 180 days, we cannot extend it.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.

  3. Gilson Pelicioni:

    It is now for an indefinite period.

  4. Lilian Alessa:

    We still have individuals who are working off the old normal. And thats terrifying, this is going to be the new normal for an indefinite period into the future if you dont, excuse my language, pull your head out of your ass and stay home for two weeks.

  5. Atlas Restaurant Group:

    This should never have happened, the manager seen in the video has been placed on indefinite leave, as a result, we immediately revised our dress code policy so that children 12 years old and younger, who are accompanied by an adult, will not be subject to a dress code at any Atlas property.

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  • indefinitCatalan, Valencian
  • neurčitýCzech
  • ylimalkainen, ääretön, epämääräinen, epävarma, määrittelemätönFinnish
  • indefinitoItalian
  • 不定Japanese
  • nenoteiktsLatvian
  • niewyraźny, nieoznaczona, nieograniczony, nieokreślonyPolish
  • неопределённый, бесконечный, неясный, безграничный, неограниченныйRussian
  • obestämd, oklarSwedish
  • காலவரையற்றTamil
  • безстроковийUkrainian
  • غیر معینہUrdu

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    A state of immorality or sin
    • A. hodgepodge
    • B. tingle
    • C. impurity
    • D. wavering

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