What does open-ended mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. open-ended(adj)

    without fixed limits or restrictions

    "an open-ended discussion"

  2. open-ended(adj)

    allowing for a spontaneous response

    "an open-ended question"

  3. open-ended(adj)

    allowing for future changes or revisions

    "open-ended agreements"


  1. open-ended(Adjective)

    unrestricted by definite limits

    There will be an open-ended discussion.

  2. open-ended(Adjective)

    adaptable to change

    The topic is definitions, but is open-ended really.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of open-ended in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of open-ended in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. No Crying Zone:

    If you offer an invitation to someone who is grieving, leave it very open-ended.

  2. Jeremy Willsey:

    There is this open-ended question, 'Is it therapeutically meaningful to target (these variants)?'.

  3. Robert Menendez:

    Democrats are not willing to ... give this or any other president an open-ended authorization for war, a blank check.

  4. Whoopi Goldberg:

    I always thought that rape cases were open-ended, what we have learned is, there's no recourse for these women except what they're doing.

  5. Lori Garcia:

    I remember how difficult the transition was and so not wanting to put those fears on my son I try to speak open-ended about it, like it's a positive experience.

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