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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 ?
Draco appears to have been intrusted by the people of Athens with indefinite powers to reform its government and laws.
A poem, in my opinion, is opposed to a work of science by having, for its immediate object, pleasure, not truth; to romance, by having, for its object, an indefinite instead of a definite pleasure, being a poem only so far as this object is attained; romance presenting perceptible images with definite, poetry with indefinite sensations, to which end music is an essential, since the comprehension of sweet sound is our most indefinite conception.
But as in landlessness alone resides the highest truth, shoreless, indefinite as God --so, better is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety
If, on the contrary, we ought to exceed this point, where can we stop, short of an indefinite power of providing for emergencies as they may arise?
Even at the time he had thought it strange that, on the strength of a single evening spent together, Nutty should have invited a total stranger to make an indefinite visit to his home.
The newcomer was a short, large-boned, yellow-faced, wrinkled old man, with gray bushy eyebrows overhanging bright eyes of an indefinite grayish color.
She imagined some half dozen women in love with him and thought he must lean dangerously toward an indefinite one, whom she pictured with great charms of person, but with an altogether contemptible disposition.
This center, formed of indefinite molecules, began to revolve around its own axis during its gradual condensation; then, following the immutable laws of mechanics, in proportion as its bulk diminished by condensation, its rotary motion became accelerated, and these two effects continuing, the result was the formation of one principal star, the center of the nebulous mass.
Pluto had not a white hair upon any portion of his body; but this cat had a large, although indefinite splotch of white, covering nearly the whole region of the breast.
He continually deferred the final steps; in the midst of his fears, like many a man who is in danger of shipwreck or of being dashed from his carriage by runaway horses, he had a clinging impression that something would happen to hinder the worst, and that to spoil his life by a late transplantation might be over-hasty--especially since it was difficult to account satisfactorily to his wife for the project of their indefinite exile from the only place where she would like to live.
32: "The sole permissible formula is this: Intelligence progresses from the indefinite to the definite.
The substance was, Never jump from a boat, Pip, except --but all the rest was indefinite, as the soundest advice ever is.