ad infinitum

adverb or adjective
ad in·​fi·​ni·​tum | \ ˌad-ˌin-fə-ˈnī-təm How to pronounce ad infinitum (audio) also ˌäd- \

Definition of ad infinitum

: without end or limit

Examples of ad infinitum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The threads between Allen’s public work and his alleged private abuses have been documented ad infinitum. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Awful Intimacy of Allen v. Farrow," 23 Feb. 2021 Continued fractions for an irrational number, like Pi, go on ad infinitum. Popular Mechanics, "This Inmate Used Solitary Confinement to Learn Math. Now He's Solving the World's Hardest Equations," 21 Feb. 2021 Brown fails and dies so that others may fail and die after him—perhaps ad infinitum. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Mischievous Irreverence of “The Good Lord Bird”," 26 Oct. 2020 Going forward, the President and his surrogates, Pence included, will repeat this message ad infinitum. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Scare Tactics Haven’t Worked Against Biden So Far. Could That Change?," 29 Aug. 2020 If and when the burner account was banned after cheating was detected, the process could be repeated ad infinitum without the need to repurchase the game on a new account. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Fall Guys cheating loophole leads to blanket Family Sharing ban," 27 Aug. 2020 David Bui, another friend, took 45 minutes to make a website, which showed the emoji bouncing around ad infinitum. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The 👁👄👁 Debacle Sums Up Tech's Race Issues," 29 June 2020 Floor decals will help visitors stand safely apart while waiting to enter, say, the Ames Room (one person looks gigantic, the other appears teeny) or Infinity Room (mirrored reflections ad infinitum). Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Cultural institutions reopen with a more hands-off approach," 25 June 2020 Solving either case involves tabulating the effects of each arrow on every other arrow, since indirect lines of influence emerge from neighbors acting on neighbors ad infinitum. Quanta Magazine, "The Cartoon Picture of Magnets That Has Transformed Science," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of ad infinitum

1581, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ad infinitum

borrowed from Latin ad infīnītum

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“Ad infinitum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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: without an end or limit

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