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Definition of INDEFINITE

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

              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. [1913 Webster]

              The time of this last is left indefinite. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. Having no determined or certain limits; large and unmeasured, though not infinite; unlimited; as, indefinite space; the indefinite extension of a straight line. [1913 Webster]

              Though it is not infinite, it may be indefinite; though it is not boundless in itself, it may be so to human comprehension.               --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

     3. Boundless; infinite. [R.]
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              Indefinite and omnipresent God,
              Inhabiting eternity.                  --W. Thompson (1745). [1913 Webster]

     4. (Bot.) Too numerous or variable to make a particular enumeration important; -- said of the parts of a flower, and the like. Also, indeterminate. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

134 Moby Thesaurus words for "indefinite": abstract, aleatoric, aleatory, ambiguous, amorphic, amorphous, anarchic, baffling, baggy, bewildering, bland, blear, bleared, bleary, blobby, blurred, blurry, boundless, broad, chance, chancy, chaotic, characterless, collective, confused, confusing, cryptic, dark, dim, disordered, disorderly, endless, enduring, equivocal, faint, featureless, feeble, filmy, foggy, formless, fuzzy, general, generalized, generic, half-seen, half-visible, hazy, hesitant, hit-or-miss, ill-defined, immeasurable, imprecise, inaccurate, incalculable, inchoate, incoherent, inconspicuous, inconstant, indecisive, indefinable, indelible, indestructible, indeterminable, indeterminate, indistinct, indistinguishable, ineffaceable, ineradicable, inexact, inexplicit, infinite, inform, kaleidoscopic, lax, limitless, loose, low-profile, lumpen, measureless, merely glimpsed, misty, mystifying, nebulous, neutral, nondescript, nonspecific, obscure, orderless, out of focus, pale, permanent, puzzling, random, semivisible, shadowed forth, shadowy, shapeless, shilly-shallying, stochastic, sub judice, sweeping, unbounded, uncertain, uncharacterized, unclear, uncountable, uncounted, undecided, undefinable, undefined, undestined, undestroyable, undetermined, undifferentiated, unerasable, unfixed, unknown, unlimited, unmeasured, unordered, unorganized, unplain, unrecognizable, unsettled, unspecific, unspecified, unsure, vacillating, vague, veiled, wavering, weak, wide, wishy-washy


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