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definite

[def-uh-nit]
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:
1520–30; < Latin dēfīnītus limited, precise, past participle of dēfīnīre; see define, -ite2

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

definite, definitive.


1. specific, particular. 2. well-defined.
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definite (ˈdɛfɪnɪt)
 
adj
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
 a.  denoting a type of growth in which the main stem ends in a flower, as in a cymose inflorescence; determinate
 b.  (esp of flower parts) limited or fixed in number in a given species
 
[C15: from Latin dēfīnītus limited, distinct; see define]
 
'definiteness
 
n
 
definitude
 
n

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definite
1550s, from L. definitus "defined, bounded, limited," pp. of definire (see define).
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