- clearly defined or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact: a definite quantity; definite directions.
- having fixed limits; bounded with precision: a definite area.
- positive; certain; sure: It is definite that he will take the job.
- defining; limiting.
- Botany. (of an inflorescence) determinate.
Origin of definite
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Examples from the Web for definite
Do you think that as we get older our thoughts shift to the more abstract, the music, than the definite, the lyrics?Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
Griswold was undeniably an incursion on democratic powers with a definite whiff of activism.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling
October 13, 2014
The report had one definite effect: rumblings about the antitrust exemption ceased.In Defense of A-Roid
September 5, 2014
The mother has a definite opinion of what form justice should take for General Motors.The Cops Who Found Out the Truth About GM's Deadly Cars—in 2006
July 17, 2014
In fact, the Midwest is the only region where Clinton lacks a definite lead.Cleveland, LeBron James, and the 2016 Republican Convention
July 14, 2014
Have you formed any definite plans about the manner of going?Brave and Bold
The ancient priest who drew it must have placed it there for a definite purpose.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Then she stood up with the air of one who has come to a definite decision.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
"Don't put me in the hole," said Moxy, now using the definite article.Weighed and Wanting
At first there had been no definite thought of print in Mr, Edgeworth's mind.De Libris: Prose and Verse
- clearly defined; exact; explicit
- having precise limits or boundaries
- known for certain; sureit is definite that they have won
- denoting a type of growth in which the main stem ends in a flower, as in a cymose inflorescence; determinate
- (esp of flower parts) limited or fixed in number in a given species
Word Origin and History for definite
1550s, from Latin definitus "defined, bounded, limited," past participle of definire (see define). Definite means "defined, clear, precise, unmistakable;" definitive means "having the character of finality."