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adjective alterable, ambiguous, ambiguus, amorphic, amorphous, barely seen, blurred, blurry, broad, changeable, cloudy, controvertible, cryptic, dim, doubtful, dubious, dubius, enigmatic, equivocal, evasive, faint, formless, ill-defined, imperspicuous, imprecise, in doubt, incertus, indecisive, indistinct, indistinguishable, inexact, mysterious, nondescript, nonspecific, not positive, not sharp, obscure, opaque, open to question, oracular, questionable, shapeless, subject to change, suppositional, theoretical, unascertained, unbounded, uncertain, unclear, undecided, undefined, undetermined, undiscernible, unintelligible, unlimited, unresolved, unsettled, unstable, unsure, untold, vague
Associated concepts: indefinite contract, indefinite failure of issue, indefinite liability, indefinite sentence
See also: aleatory, ambiguous, broad, conditional, debatable, disputable, equivocal, impalpable, incomprehensible, inconspicuous, indeterminate, intangible, obscure, open-ended, outstanding, pending, provisional, speculative, sporadic, uncertain, undecided, unlimited, unspecified, vague

INDEFINITE. That which is undefined; uncertain.

INDEFINITE, NUMBER. A number which may be increased or diminished at pleasure.
     2. When a corporation is composed of an indefinite number of persons, any number of them consisting of a majority of those present may do any act unless it be otherwise regulated by the charter or by-laws. See Definite number.

LEGACY, INDEFINITE. A bequest of things which are not enumerated or ascertained as to numbers or quantities; as, a bequest by a testator of all his goods, all his stocks in the funds. Lownd. on Leg. 84; Swinb. 485; Amb. 641; 1 P. Wms. 697.

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In Block 1, toddlers correctly identified the target upon hearing the indefinite article when it was paired with a regular distracter and when the target was masculine (t(199) = 3.
This paper exemplifies Natural Syntax with language data containing the indefinite article.
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Frodesen & Eyring (2003: 78) follow Master (1990) and explain that "an indefinite article (a/an or [theta]) classifies a noun and shows that it represents or reflects a type, group, or a class distinct from some other type, group or class," while the definite article the can "identify a noun and show that it has been singled out in some way.
The end of the indefinite article and the word that follows it must be either a consonant then a vowel or a vowel then a consonant.
The null determiner is not to be regarded as the plural counterpart of the indefinite article.
Some are words by themselves: the indefinite article a, the first-person pronoun I and the vocative O.
There are a few tales out of school about the difficulties that some of the other teachers had with the English language, resulting in particular from the lack of a definite and indefinite article in Russian.
It is a pity, however, that the opportunity offered by the paperback edition to correct spelling and grammatical errors, and the author's apparent aversion to both the definite and the indefinite article, was not taken.
Amazing what a difference an indefinite article makes.