open-ended

adjective

open-end·​ed ˌō-pən-ˈen-dəd How to pronounce open-ended (audio)
: not rigorously fixed: such as
a
: adaptable to the developing needs of a situation
b
: permitting or designed to permit spontaneous and unguided responses
open-endedness noun

Examples of open-ended in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Total net assets held by the open-ended and exchange-traded property products fell below €163 billion last month, the lowest level since August 2019. Loukia Gyftopoulou, Fortune Europe, 21 May 2024 Our financial support to Ukraine cannot be an open-ended arrangement. Baltimore Sun Media, Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr. 2024 Finding a solution to these problems is a big, open-ended challenge. IEEE Spectrum, 12 May 2024 Made up of eight cups, each one featuring a different color and pattern, this toy leads to some great open-ended play. Maya Polton, Parents, 11 May 2024 More open-ended and context-aware questions would also be valuable. Wendy Ward, STAT, 10 Apr. 2024 Loose parts are natural or synthetic materials, such as rocks or digging tools, that can be moved, combined, taken apart or put back together in multiple ways, encouraging open-ended learning. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Apr. 2024 Despite their happy reunion, however, Carrie said goodbye to Aidan once more at the end of season 2, leaving their future open-ended. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 The most effective human questions are open-ended, curious and personal. Ann Kowal Smith, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of open-ended was in 1825

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“Open-ended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open-ended. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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