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definite

[def-uh-nit] /ˈdɛf ə nɪt/
adjective
1.
clearly defined or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact:
a definite quantity; definite directions.
2.
having fixed limits; bounded with precision:
a definite area.
3.
positive; certain; sure:
It is definite that he will take the job.
4.
defining; limiting.
5.
Botany. (of an inflorescence) determinate.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin dēfīnītus limited, precise, past participle of dēfīnīre; see define, -ite2
Related forms
definiteness, noun
nondefinite, adjective
nondefinitely, adverb
nondefiniteness, noun
quasi-definite, adjective
quasi-definitely, adverb
semidefinite, adjective
semidefinitely, adverb
semidefiniteness, noun
undefinite, adjective
undefinitely, adverb
undefiniteness, noun
Can be confused
definite, definitive.
Synonyms
1. specific, particular. 2. well-defined.
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British Dictionary definitions for de-finite

definite

/ˈdɛfɪnɪt/
adjective
1.
clearly defined; exact; explicit
2.
having precise limits or boundaries
3.
known for certain; sure: it is definite that they have won
4.
(botany)
  1. denoting a type of growth in which the main stem ends in a flower, as in a cymose inflorescence; determinate
  2. (esp of flower parts) limited or fixed in number in a given species
Derived Forms
definiteness, noun
definitude (dɪˈfɪnɪˌtjuːd) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēfīnītus limited, distinct; see define
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Word Origin and History for de-finite

definite

adj.

1550s, from Latin definitus "defined, bounded, limited," past participle of definire (see define). Definite means "defined, clear, precise, unmistakable;" definitive means "having the character of finality."

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