Definition of open-ended in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊp(ə)nˈɛndɪd/
(also open-end)


1Having no predetermined limit or boundary.
Example sentences
  • The other reason I make this statement is because a week before this book landed on my desk, I had bought an open-end ticket to Ireland and gave notice of my intention to quit my job.
  • China is launching its first open-end investment fund.
  • These also calculate a NAV in much the same way as the open-end fund.
1.1(Of a question) allowing the formulation of any answer, rather than a selection from a set of possible answers: the interview includes both open-ended and multiple-choice questions
More example sentences
  • Staff who use open-ended questions or statements allow the child to express the primary emphasis.
  • The interview format with open-ended questions allowed for a great deal of freedom in responding.
  • Major themes were determined from answers to open-ended questions in a questionnaire.



Example sentences
  • Essential then to Hyde's approach is spontaneity, change, open-endedness, and fragmentation.
  • He points out that ‘rights’ introduce a flexibility and open-endedness that no rule can capture.
  • If the US pursues its historic mission to co-opt the rest of the world into its scheme of values, it cannot wholeheartedly embrace the open-endedness of market-state politics.

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