Definition of interminable
: having or seeming to have no end; especially : wearisomely protracted an interminable sermon
interminablyplay \(ˌ)in-ˈtərm-nə-blē, -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."
Origin and Etymology of interminable
Middle English, from Late Latin interminabilis, from Latin in- + terminare to terminate
First Known Use: 15th century
INTERMINABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interminable for English Language Learners
: having or seeming to have no end : continuing for a very long time
INTERMINABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of interminable for Students
: 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
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