in·​ter·​mi·​na·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈtərm-nə-bəl How to pronounce interminable (audio) , -ˈtər-mə-\

Definition of interminable

: having or seeming to have no end especially : wearisomely protracted an interminable sermon

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Other Words from interminable

interminableness noun
interminably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈtərm-​nə-​blē How to pronounce interminably (audio) , -​ˈtər-​mə-​ \ adverb

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We promise not to ramble on endlessly about the origins of "interminable." The word was borrowed into English in the 15th century and descends from a Latin combination of the prefix in- ("not") and the verb terminare, meaning "to terminate" or "to limit." English speakers also coined the antonym terminable, meaning "capable of being brought to an end," from "terminare." Other relatives of "interminable" in English include "terminate," "determine," "terminal," and "exterminate."

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The seemingly interminable presidential campaign is a modern phenomenon. Rachel Caufield, The Conversation, "How did the presidential campaign get to be so long?," 30 July 2019 Inter-communal rivalries have also featured in the seemingly interminable effort to build a Holocaust museum in Kiev, Ukraine. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "In Eastern Europe, Holocaust museums are missing from key historical sites," 30 July 2019 Asking fans to stick through this London Marathon, which even by Red Sox-Yankees standards was interminable at 4 hours and 42 minutes, was a lot. Globe Staff,, "Red Sox help grow the game, but also their deficit," 29 June 2019 Fender benders, even minor ones, used to mean interminable hassle for Chinese drivers. Fortune, "China’s Biggest Private Sector Company Is Betting Its Future on Data," 22 July 2019 The day after the moon landing brought another one of those interminable afternoons in the front room—nothing on the telly, stale, old-folks’ chat in the air. Kevin Dettmar, The New Yorker, "Witnessing the Moon Landing in Ireland, at the Start of the Troubles," 20 July 2019 The seemingly interminable group stage of the Women’s World Cup lasted 14 days, featuring 36 games, 106 goals, 23 shutouts and very few surprises. John Cherwa,, "The Sports Report: Albert Pujols is welcomed home," 22 June 2019 On Thursday, the ex-Astros lefty reportedly signed a one-year, $13 million deal (or the pro-rated portion of what would have been a $21 million contract), ending a seemingly interminable free-agent stint. Jon Tayler,, "Race Against the Clock: Did the Braves Wait Too Long to Sign Dallas Keuchel?," 6 June 2019 Come November 8, the seemingly interminable U.S. presidential campaign season will come to an end. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Which Forecasts Are True?’," 26 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of interminable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for interminable

Middle English, from Late Latin interminabilis, from Latin in- + terminare to terminate

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English Language Learners Definition of interminable

disapproving : having or seeming to have no end : continuing for a very long time


in·​ter·​mi·​na·​ble | \ in-ˈtər-mə-nə-bəl How to pronounce interminable (audio) \

Kids Definition of interminable

: having or seeming to have no end … Mr. and Mrs. Welch were having an interminable, rambling conversation about nothing in particular …— Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

Other Words from interminable

interminably \ -​blē \ adverb

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