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in·def·i·nite / inˈdefənit/ • adj. lasting for an unknown or unstated length of time: they may face indefinite detention. ∎  not clearly expressed or defined; vague: their status remains indefinite. ∎  Gram. (of a word, inflection, or phrase) not determining the person, thing, time, etc., referred to. DERIVATIVES: in·def·i·nite·ness n.

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indefinite XVI (first in gram.). — L.; see IN-2.