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[oh-puh n-en-did] /ˈoʊ pənˈɛn dɪd/
not having fixed limits; unrestricted; broad:
an open-ended discussion.
allowing for future changes, revisions, or additions:
open-ended agreements.
having no fixed answer:
an open-ended question.
Origin of open-ended
1815-25; open + end1 + -ed3
Related forms
open-endedness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for open-ended
  • For everyone else, the system would no longer be an open-ended one in which the government paid for unlimited medical care.
  • Go look it up, and then tell me again that the benefit of having tighter control is an open-ended question.
  • Ask open-ended questions that allow her to talk about these things.
  • It is an intentionally open-ended story, prematurely closed, a mystery without a single solution.
  • And a growing number want to get rid of their open-ended liabilities.
  • Leases are open-ended and rent increases are controlled by a system pegging rents to those charged for comparable properties.
  • It will surely need more help-either an open-ended rollover of the official loans or some kind of debt rescheduling.
  • But they also want to leave the conflict open-ended.
  • Interviewers ask a lot of open-ended questions to gauge how you react in various situations.
  • The authorization here definitely isn't open-ended.
British Dictionary definitions for open-ended


without definite limits, as of duration or amount: an open-ended contract
denoting a question, esp one on a questionnaire, that cannot be answered "yes", "no", or "don't know"
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Word Origin and History for open-ended

1825, from open (adj.) + end (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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