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quasidefinite
definite
^{}
/
ˈdɛf
ə
nɪt
/
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[
def

uh
nit
]
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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.
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Origin:
1520–30;
<
Latin
dēfīnītus
limited, precise, past participle of
dēfīnīre;
see
define
,
ite
^{2}
Related forms
definiteness,
noun
nondefinite,
adjective
nondefinitely,
adverb
nondefiniteness,
noun
quasidefinite,
adjective
quasidefinitely,
adverb
semidefinite,
adjective
semidefinitely,
adverb
semidefiniteness,
noun
undefinite,
adjective
undefinitely,
adverb
undefiniteness,
noun
Can be confused:
definite,
definitive
.
Synonyms
1.
specific, particular.
2.
welldefined.
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quasidefinite
Collins
World English Dictionary
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
Collins English Dictionary  Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
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Word Origin & History
definite
1550s, from L. definitus "defined, bounded, limited," pp. of definire (see
define
).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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