Translation of indefinite in Spanish:

indefinite

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdefənət; ɪnˈdefɪnət/

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1 1.1 (with no fixed limit) (usually before noun/generalmente delante del nombre) [amount/number/period] indefinido, indeterminado he was granted indefinite leave of absence se le concedió permiso or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) licencia por tiempo indeterminado
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    • Until recently, though, they failed to do so, and Chapters capitalized on this reluctance by deferring payments - to everyone - for an almost indefinite length.
    • In most cases, such detail is stored for indefinite lengths of time.
    • Readers of the Star Tribune will remain in their cloud of unknowing for the indefinite future.
    1.2 (vague) [outline] indefinido
  • 2 [Linguistics/Lingüística] [article/pronoun] indefinido
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    • Most mainstream politics have capitulated to the normalization of a state of indefinite, vague and continuous low-level war.
    • But should so vague and indefinite a threat to peace be sufficient reason for military intervention?
    • The water is deep here and such a dark blue that the lines of the tiles at the bottom are obscured, indefinite.
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    • A sentence stating that something exists, usually consisting of there, the verb be, and an indefinite noun phrase: There's a tavern in the town.
    • On this account, it is the polysemy of the indefinite article that gives rise to the ambiguity of the indefinite noun phrase.
    • While bare plurals are ambiguous between the two readings, indefinite singulars can only refer to a rule or a regulation.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.