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

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Other Words from indefinite

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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That strike was supposed to end Friday but officially became indefinite on Saturday, as other cab drivers in Alicante, Madrid, Málaga, Seville, and Valencia joined it, El Pais reports. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Six-Day-Long Spanish Taxi Strike Ends," 2 Aug. 2018 The indefinite detention of Muslim men and boys without charge or fair trial may have become normalized. Aliya Hana Hussain, Teen Vogue, "9/11’s Anniversary Means 17 Years Since the Guantánamo Prison Opened," 11 Sep. 2018 Mark Wilson/Getty Images Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just revealed how much time the United States will give North Korea to dismantle its nuclear program: an indefinite amount. Alex Ward, Vox, "The Trump administration admits there’s no timeline for North Korea to give up its nukes," 26 June 2018 With proper maintenance, the tankers could fly for an indefinite amount of time, Hamilton said. Samantha Masunaga,, "Delivery delays of the KC-46 tanker catch heat from Air Force," 11 Apr. 2018 But the immunity is not indefinite — the constitutional provision says only that lawmakers cannot be subject to civil proceedings while the Legislature is in session, or for 15 days before the beginning of a legislative session. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Video: Arizona lawmaker caught speeding says he drives as fast as 140 mph, claims immunity," 12 July 2018 The current version is indefinite and now applies to travelers from five countries with overwhelmingly Muslim populations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. CBS News, "Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban," 26 June 2018 The Orioles have been without closer Zach Britton all year, Darren O’Day’s DL stint has taken longer than anticipated, and Chris Tillman’s return is indefinite. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Lack of late-inning options puts Orioles' roster problems into focus," 30 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Skyler Wonnacott, a spokesman for Cooper, initially said the lawmaker didn't realize the pledge was indefinite. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Elk Grove lawmaker called out for accepting tobacco money | The Sacramento Bee," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of indefinite

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indefinite

Latin indefinitus, from in- + definitus definite

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English Language Learners Definition of indefinite

: not certain in amount or length

: not clear or certain in meaning or details


in·​def·​i·​nite | \in-ˈde-fə-nət \

Kids Definition of indefinite

1 : not certain in amount or length an indefinite period

2 : not clear in meaning or details She is indefinite about her plans.

Other Words from indefinite

indefinitely adverb

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