open-ended

adjective
open-end·​ed | \ ˌō-pən-ˈen-dəd How to pronounce open-ended (audio) \

Definition of open-ended

: not rigorously fixed: such as
a : adaptable to the developing needs of a situation
b : permitting or designed to permit spontaneous and unguided responses

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open-endedness noun

First Known Use of open-ended

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Open-ended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open-ended. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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open-ended

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English Language Learners Definition of open-ended

: able to change : not ending in a certain way or on a certain date
: allowing people to talk in a way that is not planned or controlled

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