- having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.
- (of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted.
- not infinite or infinitesimal.
- not zero.
- subject to limitations or conditions, as of space, time, circumstances, or the laws of nature: man's finite existence on earth.
- something that is finite.
Origin of finite
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1. bounded, limited, circumscribed, restricted.
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Examples from the Web for finitely
So that, as a matter of fact, the New Testament is in- finitely more cruel than the Old.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
We cannot apprehend an object as sublime while we apprehend it as comparably, measurably, or finitely great.Oxford Lectures on Poetry
Andrew Cecil Bradley
- bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extenta finite difference
- maths logic having a number of elements that is a natural number; able to be counted using the natural numbers less than some natural numberCompare denumerable, infinite (def. 4)
- limited or restricted in naturehuman existence is finite
- (as noun)the finite
- denoting any form or occurrence of a verb inflected for grammatical features such as person, number, and tense
C15: from Latin fīnītus limited, from fīnīre to limit, end
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Word Origin and History for finitely
early 15c., from Latin finitus, past participle of finire "to limit, set bounds, end," from finis (see finish (v.)). Related: Finitely.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to a set that cannot be put into a one-to-one correspondence with any proper subset of its own members.
- Relating to or being a numerical quantity describing the size of such a set.
- Being a member of the set of real or complex numbers.
- Being a quantity that is non-zero and not infinite.
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