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Pronunciation:  in'defunit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not decided or not known; "were indefinite about their plans"; "plans are indefinite"
  2. [adj]  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"

INDEFINITE is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: coy, indecisive, nebulous, one(a), uncertain, unfixed
 Antonyms: definite
 See Also: indistinct, unclear, undefined, vague



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*def"i*nite\, a. [L. indefinitus. See {In-} not,
and {Definite}.]
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.

         It were to be wished that . . . men would leave off
         that indefinite way of vouching, ``the chymists say
         this,'' or ``the chymists affirm that.'' --Boyle.

         The time of this last is left indefinite. --Dryden.

2. Having no determined or certain limits; large and
   unmeasured, though not infinite; unlimited; as indefinite
   space; the indefinite extension of a straight line.

         Though it is not infinite, it may be indefinite;
         though it is not boundless in itself, it may be so
         to human comprehension.               --Spectator.

3. Boundless; infinite. [R.]

         Indefinite and omnipresent God, Inhabiting eternity.
                                               --W. Thompson

4. (Bot.) Too numerous or variable to make a particular
   enumeration important; -- said of the parts of a flower,
   and the like. Also, indeterminate.

{Indefinite article} (Gram.), the word a or an, used with
   nouns to denote any one of a common or general class.

{Indefinite inflorescence}. (Bot.) See {Indeterminate
   inflorescence}, under {Indeterminate}.

{Indefinite proposition} (Logic), a statement whose subject
   is a common term, with nothing to indicate distribution or
   nondistribution; as, Man is mortal.

{Indefinite term} (Logic), a negative term; as, the not-good.

Syn: Inexplicit; vague; uncertain; unsettled; indeterminate;
     loose; equivocal; inexact; approximate.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Variable in number; numerous; of stamens, more than twice as many as the petals or sepals; of an inflorescence, not terminating in a flower (i.e. having a continuing, terminal growing point).
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