well-de·​fined ˌwel-di-ˈfīnd How to pronounce well-defined (audio)
: having clearly distinguishable limits, boundaries, or features
a well-defined scar
: clearly stated or described
well-defined policies

Examples of well-defined in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And who oversees the blue team? Micah Zenko, author of Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, says the concept of red teaming is not always well-defined and can be varied in its applications. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Mar. 2024 To be effective, supporters say DEI initiatives must be well-defined and measurable and there must be genuine buy-in from university leadership. Athena Jones, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 This is already well-defined by Chapter 171 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The character arcs are satisfying and well-defined, the autumnal production design is almost swoon-inducing, and the sisters' descent into witchcraft is wittily characterized by the evolving shooting style. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 20 Oct. 2023 The field begins with a focus on a basic and well-defined underlying mechanism—the activity of a single neuron. Dan Rockmore, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 Policies that are well-defined, transparent, and have the support of the workforce lead to improved retention rates. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2023 The performance metrics the Ford-class carrier program must meet are clear and well-defined. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Altman’s case exemplifies this at the highest level of the corporate structure and also speaks to the need for success metrics that are well-defined before performance evaluations. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of well-defined was in 1551

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“Well-defined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-defined. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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