Indefensive to Independent
(In`de*fen"sive) a. Defenseless. [Obs.]
The sword awes the indefensive villager.Sir T. Herbert.
(In`de*fi"cien*cy), n. The state or quality of not being deficient. [Obs.] Strype.
(In`de*fi"cient) a. [L. indeficiens. See In- not, and Deficient.] Not deficient; full. [Obs.]
Brighter than the sun, and indeficient as the light of heaven.Jer. Taylor.
(In`de*fin"a*ble) a. Incapable of being defined or described; inexplicable. Bp. Reynolds.
(In`de*fin"a*bly), adv. In an indefinable manner.
(In*def"i*nite) a. [L. indefinitus. See In- not, and Definite.]
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
3. Boundless; infinite. [R.]
Indefinite and omnipresent God,W. Thompson
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
Syn. Inexplicit; vague; uncertain; unsettled; indeterminate; loose; equivocal; inexact; approximate.
(In*def"i*nite*ly), adv. In an indefinite manner or degree; without any settled limitation; vaguely; not
with certainty or exactness; as, to use a word indefinitely.
If the world be indefinitely extended, that is, so far as no human intellect can fancy any bound of it.Ray.
(In*def"i*nite*ness), n. The quality of being indefinite.
(In`de*fin"i*tude) n. Indefiniteness; vagueness; also, number or quantity not limited by our
understanding, though yet finite. [Obs.] Sir M. Hale.
(In`de*his"cence) n. [Cf. F. indéhiscence.] (Bot.) The property or state of being indehiscent.