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interminable adj. 冗长的;无止尽的

indeterminable adj. 不能解决的;不能确定的

  • The decision, which doesn't require approval from Parliament, was viewed as a way for Congress to get changes rolling without getting caught up in interminable debates in a splintered legislature.

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  • Not long ago, falling sick usually meant a visit to a government facility - often with an interminable wait to see a doctor, a brief examination and a swift exit through the door with a bag of unspecified tablets.

    CNN: HOSPITALS IN FLUX

  • Last-minute breakthroughs after seemingly interminable deadlock are a hallmark of all trade talks.

    ECONOMIST: Progress at last

  • After an interminable ride and a brisk five-minute walk, I arrived at the dorm and was buzzed in by the security guard.

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  • The desert here is a ruler-edge sheet of mute brown dirt, studded with the occasional spiky yucca tree, and goes on and on and on, much in the same interminable way as a pub bore.

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  • Theological differences that appear arcane or even meaningless to many people today triggered a seemingly interminable round of local and international wars.

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  • As such, America continues to suffer seemingly-incessant pain and sky-rocketing costs of an interminable war, thus a never-ending bleeding out of its spirits, soldiers, and finances.

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  • Having sold off all its non-US businesses, Mr Kunz believes the bank's partners would have been keen to end a potentially interminable legal dispute with the US in order to recover as much of the sale proceeds as possible from what had in effect become a shell company.

    BBC: Swiss bank Wegelin to close after US tax evasion fine

  • In a match dominated by a series of seemingly interminable rallies, 48 of them ended in unforced errors by Williams.

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  • We're doomed to days of dwindling cell phone batteries and interminable recharging times for at least a couple of more years.

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  • The above issues plus ever harsher constraints on advertising, interminable legal attacks, coupled with a growing national zeitgeist promoting healthy nutrition and exercise means it is an industry with fewer and fewer friends.

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  • Both the composition and the color of the images are stirringly beautiful, but they feel loaded with symbolism and sentiment: an emaciated man swaying with exhaustion during an interminable roll call appears to be experiencing a kind of transcendent ecstasy, like Joan of Arc on the pyre.

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  • With popularity come a few problems the wait for your table can feel interminable, and the service can be more than sloppy but who cares if a Martini lands in your lap when the food on your plate tastes like heaven?

    NEWYORKER: Ciano

  • They take their time to think about new-fangled ideas, so the wait to launch a new financial product can be interminable.

    ECONOMIST: Japanese finance

  • From a corporate communications standpoint, this seemingly interminable saga offers two fundamental lessons that transcend the companies and industries involved.

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  • Two minutes can pass in a flash, or two minutes can feel interminable.

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  • The Vietnam War seemed interminable. 2-S draft status was eliminated for people a year younger than me and by that time college seemed only a temporary refuge anyway.

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  • Rounding out the enhancements is a BD-Live bypass feature that lets users avoid the interminable load times that normally accompany so equipped Blu-ray discs.

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  • Eventually its army occupied a third of the island and has remained there ever since despite interminable international efforts to reunite the two sides.

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  • One technique that clearly doesn't work is "massing" that irresistible urge most golfers have to hit interminable balls at the range until, maybe, they get it right for a short spell.

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  • After the interminable rows that marred the EU summit in Nice in 2000, it was realised that the expanding Union needed a written constitution.

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  • As Justin Patten, an employment mediator in London reported recently, a British appellate court Justice recently dissented from his fellows in a 2-1 equal pay appeal (the women lost), bemoaning the nearly epidemic, interminable litigation equal pay laws had set in motion.

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