fi·​ni·​tude | \ ˈfī-nə-ˌtüd How to pronounce finitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd, ˈfin-ə- \

Definition of finitude

: finite quality or state

Examples of finitude in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The experience of finitude is coupled with a keen sense of inequalities: Who dies early and why, and for whom is there no infrastructural or social promise of life’s continuity? Judith Butler, Time, 21 Apr. 2021 These concerns are real, but the potential exists for much greater harm by ignoring finitude entirely. L.s. Dugdale, STAT, 27 Nov. 2020 And within it, the number of melodies is in a more comprehensible part of finitude. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, 26 Feb. 2020 The planet’s finitude, its swirling beauty, and its apparent fragility gave our species its first clear sense of our lack of astral significance. Christopher Preston, Smithsonian, 26 Nov. 2019 Yet life is limitation; this mortal coil is defined by its finitude. Greg Weiner, National Review, 26 Sep. 2019 Then there is the problem of a book’s finitude: the inevitable ending contradicts the basic premise of VR, namely that the user can decide the outcome. The Economist, 8 Mar. 2018 In fact, the closer one is to God, and Moshe was the closest to Him, the more one recognizes one's finitude in comparison to God's infinite nature. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, 5 June 2017 Hope names a commitment to change the world, against the fact of finitude. Jacob Brogan, The New Yorker, 9 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of finitude

1644, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finitude

blend of finite and -tude, after infinitude

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The first known use of finitude was in 1644

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28 Apr 2021

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“Finitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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