in·​def·​i·​nite (ˌ)in-ˈde-fə-nət How to pronounce indefinite (audio)
: not definite: such as
: not precise : vague
: having no exact limits
: typically designating an unidentified, generic, or unfamiliar person or thing
the indefinite articles a and an
indefinite pronouns
indefinite noun
indefinitely adverb
indefiniteness noun

Examples of indefinite in a Sentence

We're stuck here for an indefinite period of time. Their plans have been put on indefinite hold. She is indefinite about her plans.
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Word History


Latin indefinitus, from in- + definitus definite

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of indefinite was in 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Indefinite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​def·​i·​nite (ˈ)in-ˈdef-(ə-)nət How to pronounce indefinite (audio)
: not clear or fixed in meaning or details : vague
an indefinite answer
: not certain or limited (as in amount or length)
an indefinite period
: typically designating a person or thing that is unidentified or cannot be immediately identified
the indefinite articles "a" and "an"
indefinite noun
indefinitely adverb
indefiniteness noun

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