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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
References in classic literature ?
Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way?
Some have felt that these blundering lives are due to the inconvenient indefiniteness with which the Supreme Power has fashioned the natures of women: if there were one level of feminine incompetence as strict as the ability to count three and no more, the social lot of women might be treated with scientific certitude.
Instead, he put it off with vagueness and indefiniteness and inquired after the family, particularly after Mrs.
All that was painful in his relations with Anna, all the feeling of indefiniteness left by their conversation, had slipped out of his mind.
Finding indefiniteness disturbing, as Professor Wisotsky notes, sometimes judges and lawyers have resorted to the highest of all courts, the most supreme of all supreme courts, beyond which no appeal lies--dictionaries.
In his reverie Ishmael thinks that the indefiniteness of whiteness "shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe" in a manner that stabs us with the thought of annihilation.
The same indefiniteness of this experience of the beauty of Lothlorien is later echoed by Sam when he tries to explain his experiences of Lothlorien: "If there's any magic about, it is right down deep, where I can't lay my hands on it, in a manner of speaking" (Fellowship 426).
Matthews argues that US South-inflected American neocolonialism informs Faulkner's depiction of Rincon, the "very indefiniteness of the town's location-there are Rincons in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, and elsewhere--suggests that the superimposition of a Southern template threatens to turn all targets of US interest into generic corners of the empire" ("Recalling" 244).
It is not the duration but the indefiniteness of duration.
As in Les Gommes, the indefiniteness of the narrative evokes the meanderings of the creative process.
Significantly, when and functions as an indicator for indefiniteness it can be marked by the definite article and-u, translated as indefinite pronoun meaning 'someone, anybody' into English (Baye 1996: 58).
Absolute certitude leads to fundamentalism, that is, a position of such exactness that those captivated by it feel "delivered from all the relativities, uncertainties, indefiniteness and transience of human existence" which, of course, means that they end up denying their own finitude.