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in·def·i·nite

indefinite

 
 
pronunciation:
In de f niht
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), 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
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)indefinite potentially, rather
(adj.)indefinite + noun absence, affection, article, ban, boundary, capacity, charge, closing, confinement, continuation, contract, delay, detention, duration, enemy, expansion, expression, extension, future, hiatus, hold, imprisonment, layoff, leave, length, longevity, meaning, number, occupation, period, postponement, presence, prison, pronoun, scope, sentence, stay, substance, suspension, term, terrorist, time [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: indefinitely (adv.), indefiniteness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
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.