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indefinite

in·def·i·nite

indefinite

 
 
pronunciation:
In de f niht
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition: lacking clear definition or limits; vague, undecided, or indeterminate.
synonyms:
amorphous, imprecise, indeterminate, indistinct, uncertain, undecided, undetermined, vague
antonyms:
certain, definite, distinct
similar words:
ambiguous, doubtful, everlasting, general, hazy, indecisive, nebulous, obscure, unclear, unsettled, up in the air
derivations: indefinitely (adv.), indefiniteness (n.)
Word Parts
The word indefinite contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
fin Latin root that means end, limit
-ite1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means in a state or condition (produced by the action denoted by the verb base)
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The suffix -ite1 attaches to Latin roots, as most English adjectives ending in -ite1 are loanwords from Latin, specifically from past participles of verbs formed with the suffix -itus.