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adjective fi·nite \ˈfī-ˌnīt\

Simple Definition of finite

  • : having limits : having a limited nature

  • grammar : of or relating to a verb form that shows action that takes place at a particular time (such as the past)

Full Definition of finite

  1. 1 a :  having definite or definable limits <a finite number of possibilities> b :  having a limited nature or existence <finite beings>

  2. 2 :  completely determinable in theory or in fact by counting, measurement, or thought <the finite velocity of light>

  3. 3 a :  less than an arbitrary positive integer and greater than the negative of that integer b :  having a finite number of elements <a finite set>

  4. 4 :  of, relating to, or being a verb or verb form that can function as a predicate or as the initial element of one and that is limited (as in tense, person, and number)

finite noun
fi·nite·ly adverb
fi·nite·ness noun

Examples of finite

  1. a finite number of possibilities

  2. the earth's finite supply of natural resources

  3. the finite human life span

  4. a finite verb such as is or are



Origin of finite

Middle English finit, from Latin finitus, past participle of finire


First Known Use: 15th century



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