open-ended Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “open-ended” in the English Dictionary

"open-ended" in British English

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open-endedadjective

uk   /ˌəʊ.pənˈen.dɪd/  us   /ˌoʊ-/
An open-ended ​activity or ​situation does not have a ​plannedending, so it may ​develop in several ​ways: We are not ​willing to ​enter into open-ended ​discussions.
(Definition of open-ended from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"open-ended" in Business English

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open-endedadjective

uk   us   /ˌəʊpənˈendɪd/
( US also open-end) without an end ​date or ​planned way of ​ending: Several of the ​transitworkerunions have ​stated that their ​strike would be open-ended. They ​employ their ​temporaryworkers on open-ended ​contracts.an open-ended approach/commitment/response Private ​business cannot be expected to ​enter into an open-ended ​commitment to ​fund any ​costoverruns. open-ended discussions
FINANCE →  open-end
used to describe a ​question that cannot be answered with 'yes' or 'no': an open-ended item/question/survey The ​surveyincluded an open-ended ​questionaskingemployees what ​advice they would give to ​management.
(Definition of open-ended from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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