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in·def·i·nite

 (ĭn-dĕf′ə-nĭt)
adj.
Not definite, especially:
a. Unclear; vague.
b. Lacking precise limits: an indefinite leave of absence.
c. Uncertain; undecided: indefinite about their plans.

in·def′i·nite·ly adv.
in·def′i·nite·ness n.

indefinite

(ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪt)
adj
1. not certain or determined; unsettled
2. without exact limits; indeterminate: an indefinite number.
3. vague, evasive, or unclear
4. (Botany) botany
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.
inˈdefiniteness n

in•def•i•nite

(ɪnˈdɛf ə nɪt)

adj.
1. having no fixed or specified limit: an indefinite number.
2. not clearly defined or determined: an indefinite boundary.
3. not firmly decided or committed; uncertain; vague.
[1520–30; < Latin]
in•def′i•nite•ly, adv.
in•def′i•nite•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.indefinite - vague or not clearly defined or stated; "must you be so indefinite?"; "amorphous blots of color having vague and indefinite edges"; "he would not answer so indefinite a proposal"
unclear - not clear to the mind; "the law itself was unclear on that point"; "the reason for their actions is unclear to this day"
undefined, vague - not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished; "an undefined term"; "undefined authority"; "some undefined sense of excitement"; "vague feelings of sadness"; "a vague uneasiness"
indistinct - not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand; "indistinct shapes in the gloom"; "an indistinct memory"; "only indistinct notions of what to do"
definite - precise; explicit and clearly defined; "I want a definite answer"; "a definite statement of the terms of the will"; "a definite amount"; "definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol"; "the wedding date is now definite"; "a definite drop in attendance"
2.indefinite - not decided or not known; "were indefinite about their plans"; "plans are indefinite"
uncertain - not established beyond doubt; still undecided or unknown; "an uncertain future"; "a manuscript of uncertain origin"; "plans are still uncertain"; "changes of great if uncertain consequences"; "without further evidence his story must remain uncertain"

indefinite

indefinite

adjective
1. Not clearly perceived or perceptible:
2. Lacking precise limits:
3. Marked by lack of firm decision or commitment; of questionable outcome:
Translations
غَيْر مَحْدود، غَيْر مُحَدَّدمُبْهَم ،غَيْر واضِح، غَيْر مُؤَكَّد
neurčitýmlhavýnejasný
ikke nærmere bestemtubegrænsetubestemt
óákveîinnóljós
neapibrėžtasneapibrėžtumasneribotam laikuinežymimasis artikelis
nenoteiktsneskaidrs
neurčitý
belirsizkesin olmayan

indefinite

[ɪnˈdefɪnɪt]
A. ADJ
1. (= vague) [answer] → impreciso
he was very indefinite about it allno fue muy preciso al respecto
our plans are somewhat indefinite as yetnuestros planes están todavía por concretar
2. (= not fixed) [time] → indefinido, indeterminado
it will be closed for an indefinite periodestará cerrado por tiempo indefinido
to be on indefinite leaveestar de permiso por tiempo indefinido
3. (Ling) → indefinido
B. CPD indefinite article Nartículo m indefinido
indefinite pronoun Npronombre m indefinido

indefinite

[ɪnˈdɛfənət] adj
[period, number] → indéterminé(e)
[strike, leave, detention] → illimité(e)
[future] → indéterminé(e)
[answer, idea] → vagueindefinite article narticle m indéfini

indefinite

adj
number, lengthunbestimmt; (Gram) article, pronoununbestimmt; for the indefinite futureauf unbestimmte Zeit; at some indefinite timeirgendwann einmal; indefinite leaveunbeschränkter or unbegrenzter Urlaub, Urlaub mauf unbestimmte Zeit
(= vague)unklar, undeutlich; he was very indefinite about iter war sehr unbestimmt or vage in dieser Sache

indefinite

[ɪnˈdɛfɪnɪt] adj (answer, plans) → vago/a; (time, period, number) → indeterminato/a, indefinito/a (Gram) → indefinito/a

indefinite

(inˈdefinit) adjective
1. not fixed or exact; without clearly marked outlines or limits. She invited her mother to stay for an indefinite length of time.
2. vague; uncertain. His plans are indefinite at the moment.
inˈdefiniteness noun
inˈdefinitely adverb
for an indefinite period of time. The match was postponed indefinitely.
indefinite article the name given to the words a and an

indefinite

a. indefinido-a; indeterminado-a.
References in classic literature ?
After a very brief inspection of his face, it was easy to conceive that his footstep must necessarily be such an one as that which, slowly and with as indefinite an aim as a child's first journey across a floor, had just brought him hitherward.
Yet was there a sort of indefinite, half-attained, unimaginable sublimity about it that fairly froze you to it, till you involuntarily took an oath with yourself to find out what that marvellous painting meant.
The substance was, Never jump from a boat, Pip, except --but all the rest was indefinite, as the soundest advice ever is.
As the meeting had been held at Uncle Tom's weekly, for an indefinite length of time, without any more "cheers," there seemed some encouragement to hope that a way would be discovered at present.
The seeds of instinct are preserved under the thick hides of cattle and horses, like seeds in the bowels of the earth, an indefinite period.
Having been instructed in the use of the indefinite pronoun "one" as giving a refined and elegant touch to literary efforts, Rebecca painstakingly rewrote her composition on solitude, giving it all the benefit of Miss Dearborn's suggestion.
Do you imagine it to be the consequence of an immediate commission from him, or that he may have sent only a general direction, an order indefinite as to time, to depend upon contingencies and conveniences?
A pause of some seconds succeeded, filled up by the low, vague hum of numbers; Miss Miller walked from class to class, hushing this indefinite sound.
Fortunately, the beasts seemed more bent on stretching their paws, and yawning, and flourishing their tails, than devouring me alive; but they would suffer no resurrection, and I was forced to lie till their malignant masters pleased to deliver me: then, hatless and trembling with wrath, I ordered the miscreants to let me out - on their peril to keep me one minute longer - with several incoherent threats of retaliation that, in their indefinite depth of virulency, smacked of King Lear.
I should be happy, myself, to propose two months - three - an indefinite period, in fact - but I have a partner.
And at the best, how indefinite and unsatisfactory, only to know so vaguely what they are
Do they imagine that, because they have been managers of the Opera, we are going to let them have a box for an indefinite period?