Definition of interminable in English:

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interminable

Pronunciation: /inˈtərmənəb(ə)l/

adjective

Endless (often used hyperbolically): we got bogged down in interminable discussions
More example sentences
  • There was the usual interminable discussion about it at half time and afterwards.
  • It was the interminable non-story about some guy's grad night woes that finally blew my patience out the back door.
  • At least this would be less boring than those interminable slide shows he gave us in days gone by.
Synonyms
(seemingly) endless, never-ending, unending, nonstop, everlasting, ceaseless, unceasing, incessant, constant, continual, uninterrupted, sustained;
monotonous, tedious, long-winded, overlong, rambling

Derivatives

interminability

Pronunciation: /-ˌtərmənəˈbilitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Unfortunately, given the interminability of the debate, only a few voices in the book seek to find a tertium quid - that is, a wider outlook that could lift the debate off its current hinges and onto a more illuminative level.
  • What some call interminability, I call patience.
  • The decisiveness of a battle owes in large part to the swirl conclusion of the war, not its prolongation and apparent interminability.

interminableness

Pronunciation: /inˈtərmənəb(ə)lnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • Funny that we liken that sort of interminableness to fair ground rides.
  • By this time, I was about to have flashbacks to the interminableness of the opening ceremonies, especially when I saw the next program item was greetings from about 10 politicians.
  • I don't mean boring interminableness or even passive open-endedness, but a deep, intense wish not to come to an end, a wish so strong it transmits itself to us as a conviction.

interminably

Pronunciation: /inˈtərmənəblē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • You can't continue this process interminably.
  • And as hospitals grow technologically, this problem repeats itself interminably.
  • The movie plods on seemingly interminably, but always interestingly.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin interminabilis, from in- 'not' + terminare (see terminate).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: in·ter·mi·na·ble

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