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[def-uh-nit] /ˈdɛf ə nɪt/
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
1520-30; < Latin dēfīnītus limited, precise, past participle of dēfīnīre; see define, -ite2
Related forms
definiteness, noun
nondefinite, adjective
nondefinitely, adverb
nondefiniteness, noun
quasi-definite, adjective
quasi-definitely, adverb
semidefinite, adjective
semidefinitely, adverb
semidefiniteness, noun
undefinite, adjective
undefinitely, adverb
undefiniteness, noun
Can be confused
definite, definitive.
1. specific, particular. 2. well-defined. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • They had no definite views at present on the subject of Imperial Federation.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Very often these are just the ones for which a definite reason can be given.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • It is some years before we find another reference so definite.

  • The p. 23real causes of His Death were the definite sins of lawless, of wicked men.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • It is an habitual way of reacting to a definite and typical situation.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
British Dictionary definitions for definite


clearly defined; exact; explicit
having precise limits or boundaries
known for certain; sure: it is definite that they have won
  1. denoting a type of growth in which the main stem ends in a flower, as in a cymose inflorescence; determinate
  2. (esp of flower parts) limited or fixed in number in a given species
Derived Forms
definiteness, noun
definitude (dɪˈfɪnɪˌtjuːd) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēfīnītus limited, distinct; see define
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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