in·​def·​i·​nite | \ (ˌ)in-ˈdef-nət, -ˈde-fə- How to pronounce indefinite (audio) \

Definition of indefinite

: not definite: such as
a : not precise : vague
b : having no exact limits
c : typically designating an unidentified, generic, or unfamiliar person or thing the indefinite articles a and an indefinite pronouns

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Other Words from indefinite

indefinite noun
indefinitely adverb
indefiniteness noun

Examples of indefinite in a Sentence

We're stuck here for an indefinite period of time. Their plans have been put on indefinite hold. She is indefinite about her plans.
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Recent Examples on the Web The indefinite closing means Browns fans who want to take the Rapid to games, including the Sept. 19 home opener, will have to get off at Tower City and walk the half-mile north to the stadium. cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 The other, Osaka, is taking an indefinite break from the sport. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2021 Resident assistants from more than 28 residence halls at Stanford University are on an indefinite strike after administrators failed to meet their demands for enhanced COVID-19 protections, the Stanford Daily reports. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 Schools announced indefinite closures, according to, and the New Orleans airport said airlines had canceled all incoming and outgoing flights for Tuesday and had 197 cancellations on Wednesday. Julia Musto, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2021 The physician remarked that Nigeria's pandemic response will be greatly affected by NARD's indefinite strike. Nimi Princewill, CNN, 27 Aug. 2021 In the past few decades, the British audio producer Duncan Minshull has collected examples of this drifting, indefinite genre in a series of anthologies. Alejandro Chacoff, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Others said that, despite the agency’s official position that vaccines remain available for incarcerated people, many have recently been denied that option or placed on indefinite waitlists for a shot. Grace Toohey,, 20 Aug. 2021 The concern now is that regulators have issued an indefinite ban on social media platforms. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of indefinite

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indefinite

Latin indefinitus, from in- + definitus definite

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The first known use of indefinite was in 1530

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“Indefinite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indefinite

: not certain in amount or length
: not clear or certain in meaning or details : vague


in·​def·​i·​nite | \ in-ˈde-fə-nət How to pronounce indefinite (audio) \

Kids Definition of indefinite

1 : not certain in amount or length an indefinite period
2 : not clear in meaning or details She is indefinite about her plans.

Other Words from indefinite

indefinitely adverb

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