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

Full Definition of DEFINITE

:  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

  1. We'll need a definite answer by Tuesday.
  2. The answer is a definite no.
  3. I don't know anything definite yet.
  4. The teacher sets definite standards for her students.
  5. She seems to be pretty definite about leaving.
  6. I am definite that we will win.

Origin of DEFINITE

Latin definitus, past participle of definire
First Known Use: 1553


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