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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.


  1. indefinite

    Indefinite generally refers to something that is not clearly expressed, defined, or identified. It can also mean something that is not exact, precise, or limited, or something that is lasting for an unknown or unstated length of time.

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. Wilhelm von Humboldt:

    Freedom is but the possibility of a various and indefinite activity; while government, or the exercise of dominion, is a single, yet real activity. The longing for freedom, therefore, is at first only too frequently suggested by the deep-felt consciousness of its absence.

  2. Steve Vladeck:

    The number of asylum seekers who will remain in potentially indefinite detention pending disposition of their cases will be almost entirely a question of DHS's detention capacity, and not whether the individual circumstances of individual cases warrant release or detention.

  3. Anthony Fauci:

    No vaccine, at least not within this category, is going to have an indefinite amount of protection, inevitably, there will be a time when we'll have to give boosts. What we're doing literally on a weekly and monthly basis is following cohorts of patients to determine if, when and whom should get it. But right now at this moment, other than the immune compromised, we're not going to be giving boosters to people.

  4. David Stockton:

    Yellen will have a noticeable faction of the committee that's anxious to tighten again, they will need to be persuaded that the process is still in place, that this is not an indefinite pause.

  5. Jules Lobel:

    It shouldn't be as prolonged as it has been, and under no circumstances should it be indefinite.

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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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    the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
    • A. abandon
    • B. impurity
    • C. jab
    • D. recital

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