def·i·nite adjective \ˈde-fə-nit, ˈdef-nət\
: said or done in a such way that others know exactly what you mean
: not likely to change : already set or decided
: confident or certain about doing something or that something will happen
: having distinct or certain limits <set definite standards for pupils to meet>
a : free of all ambiguity, uncertainty, or obscurity <demanded a definite answer>
b : unquestionable, decided <the quarterback was a definite hero today>
: typically designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing <the definite article the>
a of floral organs : being constant in number, usually less than 20, and occurring in multiples of the petal number <stamens definite>
b : cymose <a definite inflorescence>
— def·i·nite·ly adverb
— def·i·nite·ness noun
Examples of DEFINITE
- We'll need a definite answer by Tuesday.
- The answer is a definite no.
- I don't know anything definite yet.
- The teacher sets definite standards for her students.
- She seems to be pretty definite about leaving.
- I am definite that we will win.
Origin of DEFINITE
past participle of definire
First Known Use: 1553
Related to DEFINITE
- bounded, circumscribed, defined, limited, determinate, finite, measured, narrow, restricted
- boundless, dimensionless, endless, illimitable, immeasurable, indefinite, infinite, limitless, measureless, unbounded, undefined, unlimited, unmeasured
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