from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not definite, especially:
- adj. Unclear; vague.
- adj. Lacking precise limits: an indefinite leave of absence.
- adj. Uncertain; undecided: indefinite about their plans.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Without limit; forever, or until further notice; not definite.
- adj. Vague or unclear.
- adj. Undecided or uncertain.
- adj. An integral without specified limits.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not definite; not limited, defined, or specified; not explicit; not determined or fixed upon; not precise; uncertain; vague; confused; obscure
- adj. Having no determined or certain limits; large and unmeasured, though not infinite; unlimited.
- adj. Boundless; infinite.
- adj. Too numerous or variable to make a particular enumeration important; -- said of the parts of a flower, and the like. Also, indeterminate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not definite; not defined; not precise; vague: as, an indefinite time, proposition, term, or sensation.
- Infinite in number. The term was introduced by Pascal. Descartes distinguished between the indefinite, which has no particular limit, and the infinite, which is incomparably greater than anything having a limit. The distinction is considered as highly important by many metaphysicians.
- Specifically, in botany, uncertain in number or too great to be easily counted: for example, the stamens when more than 10, and not clearly in multiples of the ground number of the flower, are said to be indefinite.
- In logic, indeterminate in logical quantity; not distinguishing between “some” and “all.”
- In grammar, not such as to make definite or determinate the person, thing, place, time, or manner in question: applied to certain adjectives, pronouns, and adverbs, as the indefinite article (see article, 11), any, some, such, anywhere, anyhow, otherwise, and to certain tenses of verbs, as the Greek aorist (which means ‘indefinite’) and the simple past in English.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not decided or not known
- adj. vague or not clearly defined or stated
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