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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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Examples for definite
  • Until recently, severe spinal cord injuries came with a fairly definite diagnosis of paralysis, whether partial or complete.
  • I'm really grateful to you for finding some mistakes with my definite and indefinite articles.
  • Leaves have definite stalks.
  • In fact, merely polling soon began to elicit a definite aura of politics.
  • But there's a definite increase in the number of cases we're seeing.
  • The answer is a definite no.
  • Set definite boundaries and stick to them.
  • Corruption, though it seems to be everywhere, is hard to define and has no definite antidote.
  • But at each step of the complex operations involved, each bit has a definite value.
  • This isn't a flawless cookbook, but for the burger lover, it's got definite appeal.
British Dictionary definitions for definite

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 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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