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

Definition of indefinite

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The moves are for an indefinite period of time as hospitals officials continue an ongoing analysis of UH’s clinical operations model. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 2 Oct. 2021 With Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey out for an indefinite period, Julie Rhule's advice now seems especially sage. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 Backup quarterback Tim Boyle will miss an indefinite period of time after breaking his right throwing thumb in the Detroit Lions' preseason finale last week against the Indianapolis Colts. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 30 Aug. 2021 Instead, another knee injury will sideline him for an indefinite period of time. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 29 Aug. 2021 Head coach Paul Chryst and his staff will have to function without Davis for an indefinite period of time. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Aug. 2021 Abbott could effectively keep these state legislators out of the state for an indefinite period of time. Dianne Gallagher, Wesley Bruer And Jade Gordon, CNN, 9 Aug. 2021 However, there are some authorities applying this provision to taxpayers who have entered or left California for a temporary or indefinite work assignment. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 In March, Gavi had to issue a statement alerting Covax countries that there may be indefinite delays from India. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 20 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of indefinite was in 1530

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10 Oct 2021

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“Indefinite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indefinite

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


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.

Other Words from indefinite

indefinitely adverb

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