Indefinite

[ɪndˈɛfɪnət], [ɪndˈɛfɪnət], [ɪ_n_d_ˈɛ_f_ɪ_n_ə_t]

Definitions of indefinite:

  1.   Not definite; not limited, defined, or specified; not explicit; not determined or fixed upon; not precise; uncertain; vague; confused; obscure; as, an indefinite time, plan, etc.
  2.   Not exact; vague; uncertain; having no particular limit; too numerous or variable to be easily counted.
  3.   Not limited: not precise or certain.
  4.   Not limited; not precise or certain; not distinctly marked; vague or unsettled; in bot., applied to inflorescence in which the central or terminal flower is the last to expand; having more than twenty stamens; very numerous, as ovules or seeds.
  5.   INDEFINITENESS.
  6.   Too numerous or variable to make a particular enumeration important; - said of the parts of a flower, and the like. Also, indeterminate.
  7.   not decided or not known; " were indefinite about their plans"; " plans are indefinite"
  8.   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"
  9.   Indefinitely.
  10.   Not definite, determinate, or precise.
  11.   Not limited; not determinate; of no fixed number.
  12.   Boundless; infinite.
  13.   Not definite or limited; not precise.
  14.   Having no determined or certain limits; large and unmeasured, though not infinite; unlimited; as indefinite space; the indefinite extension of a straight line.
  15.   Not defined or determinate; not precise or certain; that has no determinate or certain limits.

Antonyms for indefinite:

hairsplitting, bald, definite, forthright, perspicuous, final, shallow, delicate, firm, comprehensible, outlay, finite, graphic, mathematical, clear, refined, straight, measurable, bounded, delineated, luculent, fine, unmistakable, foursquare, Depthless, unambivalent, set, fathomable, plain, unambiguous, finespun, limited, patent, close, spot-on, settled, direct, visual, crystal clear, frozen, hairline, stable, expense, lucid, unquestioned, hard, express, bright-line, specific, open-and-shut, unguarded, confined, rigorous, strong, hard-and-fast, definitive, ringing, expenditure, unequivocal, sure, blatant, precise, indubitable, nice, unquestionable, pellucid, barefaced, understandable, exact, nonambiguous, subtle, superficial, restricted, outspoken, explicit, open, distinct, decisive, nuanced, manifest, apparent, evident, clear-cut, bright, indisputable, palpable, broad, candid, determinate, Bald-faced, luminous, obvious, transparent, defined, frank, picturesque, openhearted, narrow, measured, flat, fixed, certain, inexpugnable, intelligible, vivid, honest, minute, well-defined, accurate, decided, straightforward, outgo, plainspoken, circumscribed, pictorial, univocal.


Quotes for indefinite:

  1. While many people are trying to be in tune with infinite, what they really are is in tune with the indefinite – Eric Butterworth
  2. If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another. – Winston Churchill
  3. Any truth is better than indefinite doubt. – Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. To the indefinite uncertain mind of the American radical the most contradictory ideas and methods are possible. The result is a sad chaos in the radical movement, a sort of intellectual hash, which has neither taste nor character. – Emma Goldman
  5. But the central point is that any campaign against Iraq, whatever the strategy, cost and risks, is certain to divert us for some indefinite period from our war on terrorism. – Brent Scowcroft
  6. The ideology of capitalism makes us all into connoisseurs of liberty- of the indefinite expansion of possibility. – Susan Sontag
  7. Civilization is a progress from an indefinite incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity. – Herbert Spencer
  8. The more specific idea of Evolution now reached is- a change from an indefinite incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity, accompanying the dissipation of motion and integration of matter. – Herbert Spencer
  9. Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future. – Brian Tracy
  10. In order to stand well in the eyes of the community, it is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat indefinite conventional standard of wealth. – Thorstein Veblen
  11. Hell is indefinite – Charles Williams

Usage examples for indefinite:

  1. These words, hard as they were, John uttered so softly and with such infinite grief and pain, that they struck the young man, not with anger, but with an indefinite awe, as if a ghost from his youth- his wasted youth- had risen up to point out that truth, and show him that what seemed insult or vengeance was only a bitter necessity. ” – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  2. It is large enough to cope with the evils that will confront us; it is practicable, for it is already in course of application, and it is capable of indefinite expansion. ” – In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out by Booth, William
  3. But, Ellen dear,- Mrs. O'Brien stretched out an appealing, indefinite hand- what's this you're saying when you've got the money right there? ” – The Rosie World by Parker Fillmore
  4. Indefinite leave was given him and the Colonel advanced enough money from his own private funds to enable him to travel comfortably with his wife. ” – Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman by Emma Speed Sampson
  5. “ I sha'n't be happy again until I know that you four- and no more- are coming back to Schloss Rothhoefen for an indefinite stay. ” – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  6. Any volume that he offers for sale may remain on his hands for an indefinite time. ” – The Book-Hunter at Home by P. B. M. Allan
  7. “ " So does the purchase of the bayonet, and in the same indefinite fashion," said Ashton- Kirk. ” – Ashton-Kirk, Investigator by John T. McIntyre
  8. “ To go into any description of details would extend these pages to an indefinite length. ” – Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I. by John L. Stephens
  9. Here we see that the same words may be indefinite or definite according to circumstances. ” – China and the Chinese by Herbert Allen Giles
  10. In some indefinite way the question jarred horribly. ” – From One Generation to Another by Henry Seton Merriman
  11. But the Pawnee was among his own people, and it looked as if he meant to stay there for an indefinite time to come. ” – Footprints in the Forest by Edward Sylvester Ellis
  12. “ Jenkintown was a small place, where she felt she could hide securely, and remain covered up for an indefinite time. ” – The Expressman and the Detective by Allan Pinkerton
  13. 23. Which is the indefinite article, and what does it denote? ” – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  14. Her conception of her prospective wealth was as yet very indefinite – Washington Square by Henry James
  15. “ " Well," Dr. Leoh said, turning to the president, " it seems that I must request an indefinite leave of absence." ” – The Dueling Machine by Benjamin William Bova Myron R. Lewis
  16. The plan of campaign was somewhat indefinite – The Free Range by Francis William Sullivan
  17. It was a reluctant, rebellious feeling, mingled with an indefinite fear, but it was admiration none the less. ” – Lavender and Old Lace by Myrtle Reed
  18. Mark thought that, as the season was well forward, they might take a car to the park or the beach, but the plan had been left indefinite – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  19. Monsieur le Comte and myself have been forbidden to meet under the pain of indefinite imprisonment. ” – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath

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