definable

define

[dih-fahyn]
verb (used with object), defined, defining.
1.
to state or set forth the meaning of (a word, phrase, etc.): They disagreed on how to define “liberal.”
2.
to explain or identify the nature or essential qualities of; describe: to define judicial functions.
3.
to fix or lay down clearly and definitely; specify distinctly: to define one's responsibilities. state, name, describe, detail, enumerate.
4.
to determine or fix the boundaries or extent of: to define property with stakes.
5.
to make clear the outline or form of: The roof was boldly defined against the sky.
verb (used without object), defined, defining.
6.
to set forth the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.; construct a definition.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English def(f)inen < Anglo-French, Old French definer to put an end to < Latin dēfīnīre to limit, define, equivalent to dē- de- + fīnīre; see finish

definable, adjective
definability, noun
definably, adverb
definement, noun
definer, noun
misdefine, verb (used with object), misdefined, misdefining.
nondefinability, noun
nondefinable, adjective
nondefinably, adverb
nondefined, adjective
nondefiner, noun
predefine, verb (used with object), predefined, predefining.
redefine, verb (used with object), redefined, redefining.
self-defined, adjective
semidefined, adjective
undefinable, adjective
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define (dɪˈfaɪn)
 
vb
1.  to state precisely the meaning of (words, terms, etc)
2.  to describe the nature, properties, or essential qualities of
3.  to determine the boundary or extent of
4.  (often passive) to delineate the form or outline of: the shape of the tree was clearly defined by the light behind it
5.  to fix with precision; specify
 
[C14: from Old French definer to determine, from Latin dēfīnīre to set bounds to, from fīnīre to finish]
 
de'finable
 
adj
 
defina'bility
 
n
 
de'finably
 
adv
 
de'finer
 
n

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define
late 14c., from O.Fr. definir "to end, terminate, determine," from L. definire "to limit, determine, explain," from de- "completely" + finire "to bound, limit," from finis "boundary, end" (see finish). Definite means "defined, clear, precise, unmistakable;" definitive means
"having the character of finality."
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