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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The event was originally supposed to be in January, but it later got pushed back three times before being put on indefinite hold. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Signs That Hailey Baldwin is Pregnant with Justin Bieber’s Baby," 25 Mar. 2019 Separating kids is unacceptable – but indefinite imprisonment of families is still cruel & inhumane. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Trump immigration order met with shrugs and new demands from Dems: 'This isn't over'," 22 June 2018 Earlier this year, the remaining members of Fifth Harmony—Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei, and Lauren Jauregui—announced that the group is on indefinite hiatus. Ally Brooke, Glamour, "Ally Brooke: For the First Time in My Career, I Feel in Control," 8 Nov. 2018 Then, in 2012, the group went on indefinite hiatus. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.," 11 June 2018 Fifth Harmony announced Monday that the girl group would be taking an indefinite hiatus, which, translated from PR speak, means the group is disbanding for good. Rebecca Farley,, "What Will Happen To Fifth Harmony After The Hiatus?," 19 Mar. 2018 Afterwards, Wendy was hospitalized and was being monitored closely by doctors for Graves’ disease complications, officially making her return indefinite. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'Wendy Williams Show' Fans Think One of Her Guest Hosts Could Replace the Queen of Tea for Good," 13 Feb. 2019 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

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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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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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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