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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.
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Noun1.indefiniteness - the quality of being vague and poorly defined
uncertainness, uncertainty, precariousness - being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance; "the uncertainty of the outcome"; "the precariousness of his income"
inconclusiveness - the quality of being inconclusive


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(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
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All that was painful in his relations with Anna, all the feeling of indefiniteness left by their conversation, had slipped out of his mind.
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Instead, he put it off with vagueness and indefiniteness and inquired after the family, particularly after Mrs.
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48) The Court established the new standard: "[W]e hold that a patent is invalid for indefiniteness if its claims, read in light of the specification delineating the patent, and the prosecution history, fail to inform, with reasonable certainty, those skilled in the art about the scope of the invention.
the absence of [the plural] marker in (6) [(20) in the original] points to the speaker's will to insist on the indefiniteness of the term, while the presence of the marker in (5) [(19) in the original] indicates clearly that the women are definite to the speakers.
40) Satisfied by this response, Examiner Dauner withdrew his indefiniteness objection and the race-specific claim was allowed to stand.
Meanwhile, the Federal Circuit has held that functional claims involving computer-implemented inventions require the disclosure of an algorithm to satisfy the indefiniteness requirement when the structure that performs the function is a general-purpose computer or microprocessor," she said.
Her indefiniteness was not tolerable to his practiced will.
14) When invoking indefiniteness as an invalidity defense, an accused
A patent or some of its claims may be adjudged invalid on numerous grounds, including a lack of patentable subject matter, (73) lack of utility, (74) express or inherent anticipation, (75) obviousness, (76) lack of adequate written description, (77) lack of enablement, (78) claim indefiniteness, (79) or lack of inventorship.