finitude

noun
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 album is full of references to aging, parenting, and nostalgia for youth, but also to some new orientation to life, one that takes its finitude a touch more seriously. Peter C. Baker, The New Yorker, 15 May 2022 There’s a value in embracing that finitude, of making things that aren’t built to last. Max G. Levy, Wired, 16 July 2021 This subtle urgency opens our own awareness, lens-like, upon the implied human task, larger than any single calamity — that of attending to relentless change, loss, finitude. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 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 See More

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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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“Finitude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finitude. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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