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In·def·i·nite a.

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. [R.]

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.

Syn: -- Inexplicit; vague; uncertain; unsettled; indeterminate; loose; equivocal; inexact; approximate.

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In·de·ter·mi·nate a. Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years.

**Indeterminate analysis** Math., that branch of analysis which has for its object the solution of indeterminate problems.

**Indeterminate coefficients** Math., coefficients arbitrarily assumed for convenience of calculation, or to facilitate some artifice of analysis. Their values are subsequently determined.

**Indeterminate equation** Math., an equation in which the unknown quantities admit of an infinite number of values, or sets of values. A group of equations is __indeterminate__ when it contains more unknown quantities than there are equations.

**Indeterminate inflorescence** Bot., a mode of inflorescence in which the flowers all arise from axillary buds, the terminal bud going on to grow and sometimes continuing the stem indefinitely; -- called also acropetal inflorescence, botryose inflorescence, centripetal inflorescence, and indefinite inflorescence. --*Gray.*

**Indeterminate problem** Math., a problem which admits of an infinite number of solutions, or one in which there are fewer imposed conditions than there are unknown or required results.

**Indeterminate quantity** Math., a quantity which has no fixed value, but which may be varied in accordance with any proposed condition.

**Indeterminate series** Math., a series whose terms proceed by the powers of an indeterminate quantity, sometimes also with indeterminate exponents, or indeterminate coefficients.

-- In*de*ter*mi*nate*ly adv. -- In*de*ter*mi*nate*ness, n.

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