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[in-tur-muh-nuh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɜr mə nə bəl/
incapable of being terminated; unending:
an interminable job.
monotonously or annoyingly protracted or continued; unceasing; incessant:
I can't stand that interminable clatter.
having no limits:
an interminable desert.
Origin of interminable
1325-75; Middle English < Late Latin interminābilis. See in-3, terminable
Related forms
interminableness, interminability, noun
interminably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Here, a good map means the difference between a pleasant drive and an interminable one.
  • Alternatively, some of us poor souls would prefer voluntary euthanasia to pointless interminable suffering when the time comes.
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  • In all the barracks meetings every night, and all day long interminable hot arguments.
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  • In these interminable interstices, audiences in the theater can take a popcorn break or enjoy a snooze.
  • So far, that seems the only really distinct point in the interminable season.
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  • The debates are becoming interminable and the wives of the treaty-makers are getting restive.
British Dictionary definitions for interminable


endless or seemingly endless because of monotony or tiresome length
Derived Forms
interminability, interminableness, noun
interminably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interminable

late 14c., from Late Latin interminabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + terminabilis, from terminalis (see terminal). Related: Interminably.

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