indefinite

adjective in·def·i·nite \ (ˌ)in-ˈdef-nət , -ˈde-fə- \

Definition of indefinite

:not definite: such as
a :typically designating an unidentified, generic, or unfamiliar person or thing
  • the indefinite articles a and an
  • indefinite pronouns
b :not precise :vague
c :having no exact limits

indefinite

noun

indefinitely

adverb

indefiniteness

noun

Examples of indefinite in a Sentence

  1. We're stuck here for an indefinite period of time.

  2. Their plans have been put on indefinite hold.

  3. She is indefinite about her plans.

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Origin and Etymology of indefinite

Latin indefinitus, from in- + definitus definite



INDEFINITE Defined for English Language Learners

indefinite

adjective

Definition of indefinite for English Language Learners

  • : not certain in amount or length

  • : not clear or certain in meaning or details


INDEFINITE Defined for Kids

indefinite

adjective in·def·i·nite \ in-ˈde-fə-nət \

Definition of indefinite for Students

1 :not certain in amount or length
  • an indefinite period
2 :not clear in meaning or details
  • She is indefinite about her plans.

indefinitely

adverb


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