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indefinite Explained

indefinite at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


indefinite at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1530, from L. indefinitus, from in- "not" + definitus (see definite). ///

indefinite at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

1 an indefinite action or period of time has no definite end arranged for it: --The next day the union voted to begin an indefinite strike.// --The picture has been loaned for an indefinite period to the National Gallery.//
2 not clear or exact: vague// --Teachers find the report's terminology so indefinite that it is confusing.//

indefinite at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

134 Moby Thesaurus words for "indefinite":
abstract, aleatoric, aleatory, ambiguous, amorphic, amorphous,
anarchic, baffling, baggy, bewildering, bland, blear, bleared,
bleary, blobby, blurred, blurry, boundless, broad, chance, chancy,
chaotic, characterless, collective, confused, confusing, cryptic,
dark, dim, disordered, disorderly, endless, enduring, equivocal,
faint, featureless, feeble, filmy, foggy, formless, fuzzy, general,
generalized, generic, half-seen, half-visible, hazy, hesitant,
hit-or-miss, ill-defined, immeasurable, imprecise, inaccurate,
incalculable, inchoate, incoherent, inconspicuous, inconstant,
indecisive, indefinable, indelible, indestructible, indeterminable,
indeterminate, indistinct, indistinguishable, ineffaceable,
ineradicable, inexact, inexplicit, infinite, inform, kaleidoscopic,
lax, limitless, loose, low-profile, lumpen, measureless,
merely glimpsed, misty, mystifying, nebulous, neutral, nondescript,
nonspecific, obscure, orderless, out of focus, pale, permanent,
puzzling, random, semivisible, shadowed forth, shadowy, shapeless,
shilly-shallying, stochastic, sub judice, sweeping, unbounded,
uncertain, uncharacterized, unclear, uncountable, uncounted,
undecided, undefinable, undefined, undestined, undestroyable,
undetermined, undifferentiated, unerasable, unfixed, unknown,
unlimited, unmeasured, unordered, unorganized, unplain,
unrecognizable, unsettled, unspecific, unspecified, unsure,
vacillating, vague, veiled, wavering, weak, wide, wishy-washy

indefinite at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Infinity): infinite, immense, numberless, countless, measureless, innumerable, immeasurable, incalculable, illimitable, inexhaustible, interminable, unfathomable, indefinite, without number, without measure, without limit, endless, incomprehensible, limitless, boundless, unnumbered, unmeasured, unbounded, unlimited, perpetual.

[ADJ] (Invisibility): invisible, imperceptible, indiscernible, unapparent, non-apparent, out of sight, behind the scenes, inconspicuous, unseen, covert, latent, eclipsed, mysterious, dark, obscure, confused, indistinct, indistinguishable, shadowy, indefinite, undefined, ill-defined.

[ADJ] (Uncertainty): uncertain, casual, random, aimless, changeable, doubtful, dubious, indecisive, unsettled, undecided, undetermined, controvertible, in question, vague, indeterminate, indefinite, ambiguous, equivocal, undefined, undefinable, confused, indistinct, perplexing, enigmatic, paradoxical.

indefinite at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 lasting for a period of time that has no fixed end:
She will be away for the indefinite future. * The workers have been on indefinite strike since July.
2 not clearly defined:
an indefinite science

INDEFINITE at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

INDEFINITE. That which is undefined; uncertain.

INDEFINITE, NUMBER. A number which may be increased or diminished at
2. When a corporation is composed of an indefinite number of persons,
any number of them consisting of a majority of those present may do any act
unless it be otherwise regulated by the charter or by-laws. See Definite

Indefinite at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Indefinite \In*def"i*nite\, a. [L. indefinitus. See {In-} not,
and {Definite}.]
1. 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.

It were to be wished that . . . men would leave off
that indefinite way of vouching, ``the chymists say
this,'' or ``the chymists affirm that.'' --Boyle.

The time of this last is left indefinite. --Dryden.

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

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

3. Boundless; infinite. [R.]

Indefinite and omnipresent God, Inhabiting eternity.
--W. Thompson

4. (Bot.) Too numerous or variable to make a particular
enumeration important; -- said of the parts of a flower,
and the like. Also, indeterminate.

{Indefinite article} (Gram.), the word a or an, used with
nouns to denote any one of a common or general class.

{Indefinite inflorescence}. (Bot.) See {Indeterminate
inflorescence}, under {Indeterminate}.

{Indefinite proposition} (Logic), a statement whose subject
is a common term, with nothing to indicate distribution or
nondistribution; as, Man is mortal.

{Indefinite term} (Logic), a negative term; as, the not-good.

Syn: Inexplicit; vague; uncertain; unsettled; indeterminate;
loose; equivocal; inexact; approximate.

indefinite at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: 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" [ant: {definite}]
2: not decided or not known; "were indefinite about their
plans"; "plans are indefinite"

indefinite at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: en-ad » j
  • Without limit; forever, or until further notice; not definite.
    1. Vague or unclear.
    2. Undecided or uncertain.
    3. Inter: mathematic » s An integral without specified limits.


      Inter: trans-top » without limit; forever, or until further notice; not definite

  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|neurčitý
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|epämääräinen, Inter: t+ » fi|ääretön, Inter: t- » fi|määrittelemätön
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|indefinito
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|nieokreślony|m, Inter: t+ » pl|nieograniczony|m

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|неограниченный|tr=n'eograníčennyj, Inter: t+ » ru|бесконечный|tr=b'eskon'éčnyj, Inter: t+ » ru|безграничный|tr=b'egraníčnyj
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|obestämd

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » vague or unclear
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|neurčitý
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|epämääräinen, Inter: t- » fi|ylimalkainen
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|indefinito

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: nieokreślony {{m}}, niewyraźny {{m}}
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|неопределённый|tr=n'eopr'ed'el'ónnyj, Inter: t+ » ru|неясный|tr=n'ejásnyj
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|oklar

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » undecided or uncertain
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|epämääräinen, Inter: t+ » fi|epävarma
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|indefinito

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|неопределённый|tr=n'eopr'ed'el'ónnyj
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|obestämd

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » an integral without specified limits
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|määrittelemätön
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|不定|tr=futei|sc=Jpan
    • Polish: nieoznaczona {{f}}

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|неопределённый|tr=n'eopr'ed'el'ónnyj
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|obestämd

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » da: Inter: t- » da|ubestemt

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Derived terms

    * indefinitely
  • indefinite article
  • indefiniteness

    Related terms

    * indeterminate

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    indefinite {{p}}
  • Inter: feminine of » indefinito

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    Inter: la-adj-form » indēfīnīte
  • Inter: inflection of » indefinitus|indēfīnītus|voc|m|s|lang=la

  • Translation: cy » indefinite
    Translation: et » indefinite
    Translation: el » indefinite
    Translation: es » indefinite
    Translation: fr » indefinite
    Translation: ko » indefinite
    Translation: io » indefinite
    Translation: it » indefinite
    Translation: kn » indefinite
    Translation: ku » indefinite
    Translation: li » indefinite
    Translation: hu » indefinite
    Translation: mg » indefinite
    Translation: my » indefinite
    Translation: ja » indefinite
    Translation: pl » indefinite
    Translation: ru » indefinite
    Category: simple:indefinite -
    Translation: fi » indefinite
    Translation: sv » indefinite
    Translation: ta » indefinite
    Translation: tr » indefinite
    Translation: vi » indefinite
    Translation: zh » indefinite