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 Dictionary entry overview: What does indefinite mean? 

INDEFINITE (adjective)
  The adjective INDEFINITE has 2 senses:

1. vague or not clearly defined or stated
2. not decided or not known

  Familiarity information: INDEFINITE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

INDEFINITE (adjective)

Sense 1indefinite [BACK TO TOP]


Vague or not clearly defined or stated

Context examples:

must you be so indefinite? / amorphous blots of color having vague and indefinite edges / he would not answer so indefinite a proposal


coy (showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement)

indecisive (not clearly defined)

nebulous; unfixed (lacking definition or definite content)

noncommittal (refusing to bind oneself to a particular course of action or view or the like)

one (indefinite in time or position)


unclear (not clear to the mind)

undefined; vague (not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished)

indistinct (not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand)


definite (precise; explicit and clearly defined)

Sense 2indefinite [BACK TO TOP]


Not decided or not known

Context examples:

were indefinite about their plans / plans are indefinite


uncertain (not established beyond doubt; still undecided or unknown)

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