indefiniteness

indefinite

[in-def-uh-nit]
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.
a.
very numerous or not easily counted, as stamens.
b.
(of an inflorescence) indeterminate.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin indēfīnītus. See in-3, definite

indefinitely, adverb
indefiniteness, noun


1. unspecified; indeterminate. 2. imprecise, inexact, indistinct, confusing, vague, uncertain.


1, 2. determinate. 2. clear, specific.
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indefinite (ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪt)
 
adj
1.  not certain or determined; unsettled
2.  without exact limits; indeterminate: an indefinite number
3.  vague, evasive, or unclear
4.  botany Also: indeterminate
 a.  too numerous to count: indefinite stamens
 b.  capable of continued growth at the tip of the stem, which does not terminate in a flower: an indefinite inflorescence
 
in'definiteness
 
n

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indefinite
1530, from L. indefinitus, from in- "not" + definitus (see define).
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