open-ended

adjective open-end·ed \ ˌō-pən-ˈen-dəd \

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

open-endedness

noun

First Known Use of open-ended

1825

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OPEN-ENDED Defined for English Language Learners

open-ended

Definition of open-ended for English Language Learners

  • : 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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