Indefinite

Definition of Indefinite

In`def´i`nite
a.1.
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.
Indefinite and omnipresent God,
Inhabiting eternity.
- W. Thompson (1745).
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.

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