Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Indeclinable adjective [ Latin indeclinabilis : confer French indéclinable . See In- not, and Decline .] (Gram.) Not declinable; not varied by inflective terminations; as, nihil (nothing), in Latin, is an indeclinable noun. -- noun An indeclinable word.

Indeclinably adverb
1. Without variation.

2. (Gram.) Without variation of termination.

Indecomposable adjective [ Prefix in- not + decomposable : confer French indécomposable .] Not decomposable; incapable or difficult of decomposition; not resolvable into its constituents or elements.

Indecomposableness noun Incapableness of decomposition; stability; permanence; durability.

Indecorous adjective [ Latin indecorous . See In- not, and Decorous .] Not decorous; violating good manners; contrary to good breeding or etiquette; unbecoming; improper; out of place; as, indecorous conduct.

It was useless and indecorous to attempt anything more by mere struggle.
Burke.

Syn. -- Unbecoming; unseemly; unbefitting; rude; coarse; impolite; uncivil; ill-bred.

Indecorously adverb In an indecorous manner.

Indecorousness noun The quality of being indecorous; want of decorum.

Indecorum noun [ Prefix in- not + decorum : confer Latin indecorous unbecoming.]


1. Want of decorum; impropriety of behavior; that in behavior or manners which violates the established rules of civility, custom, or etiquette; indecorousness.

2. An indecorous or unbecoming action. Young.

Syn. -- Indecorum is sometimes synonymous with indecency ; but indecency , more frequently than indecorum , is applied to words or actions which refer to what nature and propriety require to be concealed or suppressed. Indecency is the stronger word; indecorum refers to any transgression of etiquette or civility, especially in public.

Indeed adverb [ Prep. in + deed .] In reality; in truth; in fact; verily; truly; -- used in a variety of senses. Esp.: (a) Denoting emphasis; as, indeed it is so. (b) Denoting concession or admission; as, indeed , you are right. (c) Denoting surprise; as, indeed , is it you? Its meaning is not intrinsic or fixed, but depends largely on the form of expression which it accompanies.

The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom. viii. 7.

I were a beast indeed to do you wrong.
Dryden.

There is, indeed , no great pleasure in visiting these magazines of war.
Addison.

Indefatigability (ĭn`de*făt`ĭ*gȧ*bĭl"ĭ*tȳ) noun The state of being indefatigable.

Indefatigable (ĭn`de*făt"ĭ*gȧ*b'l) adjective [ Latin indefatigabilis : confer Old French indefatigable . See In- not, and Defatigable , and confer Infatigable .] Incapable of being fatigued; not readily exhausted; unremitting in labor or effort; untiring; unwearying; not yielding to fatigue; as, indefatigable exertions, perseverance, application. "A constant, indefatigable attendance." South.

Upborne with indefatigable wings.
Milton.

Syn. -- Unwearied; untiring; persevering; persistent.

Indefatigableness noun Indefatigable quality; unweariedness; persistency. Parnell.

Indefatigably adverb Without weariness; without yielding to fatigue; persistently. Dryden.

Indefatigation noun Indefatigableness; unweariedness. [ Obsolete] J. Gregory.

Indefeasibility noun The quality of being indefeasible.

Indefeasible adjective [ Prefix in- not + defeasible : confer Old French indefaisable .] Not to be defeated; not defeasible; incapable of being annulled or made void; as, an indefeasible or title.

That the king had a divine and an indefeasible right to the regal power.
Macaulay.

Indefectibility noun [ Confer French indéfectibilité .] The quality of being indefectible. Barrow.

Indefectible adjective [ Prefix in- not + defectible : confer French indéfectible .] Not defectible; unfailing; not liable to defect, failure, or decay.

An indefectible treasure in the heavens.
Barrow.

A state of indefectible virtue and happiness.
S. Clarke.

Indefective adjective Not defective; perfect; complete. "Absolute, indefective obedience." South.

Indefeisible adjective Indefeasible. [ Obsolete]

Indefensibility noun The quality or state of not being defensible. Walsh.

Indefensible [ Prefix in- not + defensible : confer Old French indefensible , indefensable .] Not defensible; not capable of being defended, maintained, vindicated, or justified; unjustifiable; untenable; as, an indefensible fortress, position, cause, etc.

Men find that something can be said in favor of what, on the very proposal, they thought utterly indefensible .
Burke.

Indefensibly adverb In an indefensible manner.

Indefensive adjective Defenseless. [ Obsolete]

The sword awes the indefensive villager.
Sir T. Herbert.

Indeficiency noun The state or quality of not being deficient. [ Obsolete] Strype.

Indeficient adjective [ Latin indeficiens . See In- not, and Deficient .] Not deficient; full. [ Obsolete]

Brighter than the sun, and indeficient as the light of heaven.
Jer. Taylor.

Indefinable adjective Incapable of being defined or described; inexplicable. Bp. Reynolds.

Indefinably adverb In an indefinable manner.

Indefinite adjective [ Latin 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 comprehension.
Spectator.

3. Boundless; infinite. [ R.]

Indefinite and omnipresent God,
Inhabiting eternity.
W. Thompson (1745).

4. (Botany) 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 . (Botany) 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 not- good .

Syn. -- Inexplicit; vague; uncertain; unsettled; indeterminate; loose; equivocal; inexact; approximate.

Indefinitely adverb 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.

Indefiniteness noun The quality of being indefinite.

Indefinitude noun Indefiniteness; vagueness; also, number or quantity not limited by our understanding, though yet finite. [ Obsolete] Sir M. Hale.

Indehiscence noun [ Confer French indéhiscence .] (Botany) The property or state of being indehiscent.

Indehiscent adjective [ Prefix in- not + dehiscent : confer French indéhiscent .] (Botany) Remaining closed at maturity, or not opening along regular lines, as the acorn, or a cocoanut.

Indelectable adjective Not delectable; unpleasant; disagreeable. [ R.] Richardson.

Indeliberate adjective [ Latin indeliberatus . See In- not, and Deliberate .] Done without deliberation; unpremeditated. [ Obsolete] -- In`de*lib"er*ate*ly , adverb [ Obsolete]

Indeliberated adjective Indeliberate. [ Obsolete]

Indelibility noun [ Confer French indélébilité .] The quality of being indelible. Bp. Horsley.

Indelible adjective [ Latin indelebilis ; prefix in- not + delebilis capable of being destroyed: confer French indélébile . See In- not, and Deleble .] [ Formerly written also indeleble , which accords with the etymology of the word.]


1. That can not be removed, washed away, blotted out, or effaced; incapable of being canceled, lost, or forgotten; as, indelible characters; an indelible stain; an indelible impression on the memory.

2. That can not be annulled; indestructible. [ R.]

They are endued with indelible power from above.
Sprat.

Indelible colors , fast colors which do not fade or tarnish by exposure. -- Indelible ink , an ink not obliterated by washing; esp., a solution of silver nitrate.

Syn. -- Fixed; fast; permanent; ineffaceable.

-- In*del"i*ble*ness , noun -- In*del"i*bly , adverb

Indelibly stamped and impressed.
J. Ellis.

Indelicacy noun ; plural Indelicacies . [ From Indelicate .] The quality of being indelicate; want of delicacy, or of a nice sense of, or regard for, purity, propriety, or refinement in manners, language, etc.; rudeness; coarseness; also, that which is offensive to refined taste or purity of mind.

The indelicacy of English comedy.
Blair.

Your papers would be chargeable with worse than indelicacy ; they would be immoral.
Addison.

Indelicate adjective [ Prefix in- not + delicate : confer French indélicat .] Not delicate; wanting delicacy; offensive to good manners, or to purity of mind; coarse; rude; as, an indelicate word or suggestion; indelicate behavior. Macaulay. -- In*del"i*cate*ly , adverb

Syn. -- Indecorous; unbecoming; unseemly; rude; coarse; broad; impolite; gross; indecent; offensive; improper; unchaste; impure; unrefined.

Indemnification noun
1. The act or process of indemnifying, preserving, or securing against loss, damage, or penalty; reimbursement of loss, damage, or penalty; the state of being indemnified.

Indemnification is capable of some estimate; dignity has no standard.
Burke.

2. That which indemnifies.

No reward with the name of an indemnification .
De Quincey.

Indemnify transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Indemnified ; present participle & verbal noun Indemnifying .] [ Latin indemnis unhurt ( in- not + damnum hurt, damage) + -fy . Confer Damn , Damnify .]


1. To save harmless; to secure against loss or damage; to insure.

The states must at last engage to the merchants here that they will indemnify them from all that shall fall out.
Sir W. Temple.

2. To make restitution or compensation for, as for that which is lost; to make whole; to reimburse; to compensate. Beattie.

Indemnity noun ; plural Indemnities . [ Latin indemnitas , from indemnis uninjured: confer French indemnité . See Indemnify .]


1. Security; insurance; exemption from loss or damage, past or to come; immunity from penalty, or the punishment of past offenses; amnesty.

Having first obtained a promise of indemnity for the riot they had committed.
Sir W. Scott.

2. Indemnification, compensation, or remuneration for loss, damage, or injury sustained.

They were told to expect, upon the fall of Walpole, a large and lucrative indemnity for their pretended wrongs.
Ld. Mahon.

» Insurance is a contract of indemnity . Arnould. The owner of private property taken for public use is entitled to compensation or indemnity . Kent.

Act of indemnity (Law) , an act or law passed in order to relieve persons, especially in an official station, from some penalty to which they are liable in consequence of acting illegally, or, in case of ministers, in consequence of exceeding the limits of their strict constitutional powers. These acts also sometimes provide compensation for losses or damage, either incurred in the service of the government, or resulting from some public measure.

Indemonstrability noun The quality of being indemonstrable.

Indemonstrable adjective [ Latin indemonstrabilis . See In- not, and Demonstrable .] Incapable of being demonstrated. -- In`de*mon"stra*ble*ness , noun

Indenization noun The act of naturalizing; endenization. [ R.] Evelyn.

Indenize transitive verb To naturalize. [ R.]

Indenizen transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Indenizened ; present participle & verbal noun Indenizening .] To invest with the privileges of a denizen; to naturalize. [ R.]

Words indenizened , and commonly used as English.
B. Jonson.