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 gaming commission ordered the state’s casinos and racinos to close for an indefinite period, beginning on March 16, 2020, as the number of COVID-19 cases began to rise. Karen Caffarini,, "March casino revenue soars as pandemic’s grip loosens: Ameristar reports $25.1M," 13 Apr. 2021 Bell was entering his second year as manager Rocco Baldelli’s top lieutenant, but Baldelli announced on Feb. 17 that Bell underwent surgery on Jan. 28 and would be absent for an indefinite period. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Twins bench coach Mike Bell dies of cancer at 46," 26 Mar. 2021 The big question once Isaiah Livers was ruled out for an indefinite period of time with his foot injury: Who would step up in his absence? Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Balanced attack leads Michigan basketball past Texas Southern; LSU next in NCAA tournament," 20 Mar. 2021 Wrangling so many people into one room for an indefinite period of time could prove an insurmountable logistical challenge for even the most committed of legislative opponents. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "The filibuster explained: Breaking down the debate supercharged by Biden," 18 Mar. 2021 The fact East Region top-seed Michigan star Isaiah Livers is out for an indefinite period with a foot injury made Alabama a popular pick to make the third weekend. Michael Casagrande |, al, "NCAA tournament predictions offer optimistic view of Alabama Final Four run," 15 Mar. 2021 Speaking to a Wall Street Journal webinar last week, Powell implied that the Fed is content to keep rates near zero for an indefinite period, even as some economists see a strong recovery taking shape. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: Federal Reserve puts 'pedal to the metal' on economic growth, without worrying about inflation," 8 Mar. 2021 Not only would the landlord have to offer a heavy discount on rent to get a new tenant, but under the eviction moratorium, the tenant could potentially stop paying rent for an indefinite period. Will Parker, WSJ, "Manhattan Landlords Take Apartments Off Market During Rental Slump," 7 Mar. 2021 The television company, which oversees many popular shows on various networks, suspended Family Feud for an indefinite period of time on March 14. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "All the Live Events, Movie Releases, and Productions Affected by the Coronavirus," 24 Jan. 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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25 Apr 2021

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“Indefinite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 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


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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