indefinite

adjective
in·​def·​i·​nite | \ (ˌ)in-ˈdef-nət How to pronounce indefinite (audio) , -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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Meanwhile, the service also announced its new OA-X light attack aircraft program is on indefinite hold. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force May Not Buy New Stealth Tanker After All, and the Light Attack Aircraft Could be Dead Too," 30 Jan. 2019 His quote made it into the story, but the article was put on indefinite hold. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 Not mentioning the indirect workforce reveals just how much the administration wants to minimize the effect of an indefinite shutdown in the eyes of the public. Paul C. Light, WSJ, "The Hidden Cost of a Government Shutdown," 27 Dec. 2018 The indefinite extension in Georgia focuses a white-hot spotlight on a race that already has drawn massive investments of time, money and star power — from President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama to media icon Oprah Winfrey. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Ballot count not yet finished in Georgia governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 The conservative bill also would have provided some 700,000 recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program the ability to apply for indefinite renewals of legal nonimmigrant status every three years. Gregg Re, Fox News, "House GOP abruptly scraps planned vote on troubled immigration bill, saying it could pass next week," 2 Oct. 2018 For much of the past 20 years, Eritrea has been focused on its conflict with Ethiopia, with substantial spending on its military and indefinite mandatory military service that has led hundreds of thousands of Eritreans to try to immigrate to Europe. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "Thousands cheer Ethiopian leader’s visit to former enemy Eritrea for unprecedented summit," 8 July 2018 The answer isn't to violate the law, to put whole families in indefinite prison. Julia Ainsley, NBC News, "Trump's order could detain families together indefinitely. But where will they stay?," 20 June 2018 But experts question the legality and practicality of what would amount to indefinite detention. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump stokes pre-election fear of immigrants to drive voters," 30 Oct. 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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indefinite

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of indefinite

: not certain in amount or length
: not clear or certain in meaning or details

indefinite

adjective
in·​def·​i·​nite | \ in-ˈde-fə-nət How to pronounce indefinite (audio) \

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.

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