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Ad infinitum is a "Latin "phrase meaning "to "infinity" or "forevermore".


In context, it usually means "continue forever, without limit" and this can be used to describe a non-terminating process, a non-terminating repeating process, or a set of instructions to be repeated "forever," among other uses. It may also be used in a manner similar to the Latin phrase "et cetera to denote written words or a concept that continues for a lengthy period beyond what is shown. Examples include:

The vermin only teaze and pinch
Their foes superior by an inch.
So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.
Thus every poet, in his kind,
Is bit by him that comes behind[1]

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  1. ^ Swift, Jonathan (1733). On Poetry: a Rhapsody. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  2. ^ De Morgan, Augustus (1915). Smith, David Eugene, ed. A Budget of Paradoxes. II (2nd ed.). p. 191. 

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