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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President Trump declared in his interminable State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Unlimited Presidential Harassment!," 10 Feb. 2019 On Christmas the packages sat untouched through an interminable breakfast and a long, ritualistic coffee-drinking, as if to lull the morning’s presents into a false sense of security. Alexandra Kleeman, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Pop Champagne Whenever," 28 Dec. 2018 But what the exact call broadcast was is also not confirmed since the feds have also prohibited release of the USPP radio run tapes pending completion of their interminable investigation which has now exceeded two months. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Key questions remain even after release of video in Park Police killing of Bijan Ghaisar," 25 Jan. 2018 It’s beautiful and loving and just a little interminable. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 is a dazzling confection with a slightly bitter aftertaste," 5 Dec. 2018 Her interminable stems were only surpassed by that of her of supreme confidence, inspiring even the most winterized New Yorkers to (possibly!) ditch the Wolfords this month. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Céline Dion's Bombshell Leg Reveal Is the Winter Inspiration We Need Now," 22 Jan. 2019 This would set the stage for an interminable series of referendums far into Britain’s future on a range of questions ill-suited to direct democracy—a terrible death by a thousand elections. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Britain Risks Death by a Thousand Elections," 21 Nov. 2018 And while every travel method has its moments, planes really up the ante with snaking security lines, the death match to get your overhead luggage into the bin, and interminable delays. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Thanksgiving Air Travel Is Set to Be Busier Than Ever This Year—Here’s What to Know," 14 Nov. 2018 Customs and Border Protection processes them with mechanical precision, but even with 34 lanes open for vehicles and 36 for pedestrians, the lines are interminable. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Is There a Crisis at the Border?," 5 Nov. 2018

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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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