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interminable

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adjective in·ter·mi·na·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈtərm-nə-bəl, -ˈtər-mə-\

Simple Definition of interminable

  • : having or seeming to have no end : continuing for a very long time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of interminable

  1. :  having or seeming to have no end; especially :  wearisomely protracted <an interminable sermon>

interminableness noun
interminably play \-blē\ adverb

Did You Know?

We promise not to ramble on endlessly about the origins of "interminable." The word was borrowed into English in the 15th century and descends from a Latin combination of the prefix in- ("not") and the verb terminare, meaning "to terminate" or "to limit." English speakers also coined the antonym terminable, meaning "capable of being brought to an end," from "terminare." Other relatives of "interminable" in English include "terminate," "determine," "terminal," and "exterminate."

Origin of interminable

Middle English, from Late Latin interminabilis, from Latin in- + terminare to terminate


First Known Use: 15th century


INTERMINABLE Defined for Kids

interminable

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adjective in·ter·mi·na·ble \in-ˈtər-mə-nə-bəl\

Definition of interminable for Students

  1. :  having or seeming to have no end <… Mr. and Mrs. Welch were having an interminable, rambling conversation about nothing in particular … — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy>

interminably \-blē\ adverb




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