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indefinite

[in-def-uh-nit] /ɪnˈdɛf ə nɪt/
adjective
1.
not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited:
an indefinite number.
2.
not clearly defined or determined; not precise or exact:
an indefinite boundary; an indefinite date in the future.
4.
Botany.
  1. very numerous or not easily counted, as stamens.
  2. (of an inflorescence) indeterminate.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin indēfīnītus. See in-3, definite
Related forms
indefinitely, adverb
indefiniteness, noun
Synonyms
1. unspecified; indeterminate. 2. imprecise, inexact, indistinct, confusing, vague, uncertain.
Antonyms
1, 2. determinate. 2. clear, specific.
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  • All nature is enchanted, and fruitful as imagination itself in indefinitely varied creations.
  • Many people remain penned up in refugee camps more or less indefinitely.
  • Here obviously tenure is not an option, but the contract can be renewed indefinitely.
  • Some of her cancer cells, however, became the first human cells to reproduce and survive indefinitely outside the human body.
  • Neutrino seemed spooked by the encounter, and he put off the raft launch indefinitely.
  • There was to have been a fourth hotel, whose opening has been delayed indefinitely.
  • If history is any indication, it will continue indefinitely.
  • Individuals will pay anything for a now indefinitely attenuated supply.
  • The reality is we've seen that some animals can indefinitely postpone decay in the natural environment.
  • It is capable of cruising indefinitely as speeds well in excess of any posted limits.
British Dictionary definitions for indefinitely

indefinite

/ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪt/
adjective
1.
not certain or determined; unsettled
2.
without exact limits; indeterminate: an indefinite number
3.
vague, evasive, or unclear
4.
(botany) Also indeterminate
  1. too numerous to count: indefinite stamens
  2. capable of continued growth at the tip of the stem, which does not terminate in a flower: an indefinite inflorescence
Derived Forms
indefiniteness, noun

indefinitely

/ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪtlɪ/
adverb
1.
without any limit of time or number
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Word Origin and History for indefinitely
adv.

early 15c.; see indefinite + -ly (2).

indefinite

adj.

early 15c. (implied in indefinitely), from Latin indefinitus, from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + definitus, past participle of definire (see define).

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