- 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 definiteness
It can hardly help the definiteness of a meaning: is it therefore to be disregarded?A Dish Of Orts
Sergius sternly declined, but was horrified by the definiteness of his desire.Father Sergius
It comes from the very crispness and definiteness with which he sees things.My Contemporaries In Fiction
David Christie Murray
On such a mysterious subject, definiteness is neither to be expected nor desired.The Legacy of Greece
The natural feelings of the people lack purpose and definiteness.The Psychology of Nations
- 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 definiteness
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."