[ def-uh-nit ]
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  1. clearly defined or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact: a definite quantity; definite directions.

  2. having fixed limits; bounded with precision: a definite area.

  1. positive; certain; sure: It is definite that he will take the job.

  2. defining; limiting.

  3. Botany. (of an inflorescence) determinate.

Origin of definite

1520–30; <Latin dēfīnītus limited, precise, past participle of dēfīnīre;see define, -ite2

Other words for definite

Other words from definite

  • def·i·nite·ness, noun
  • non·def·i·nite, adjective
  • non·def·i·nite·ly, adverb
  • non·def·i·nite·ness, noun
  • qua·si-def·i·nite, adjective
  • qua·si-def·i·nite·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·def·i·nite, adjective
  • sem·i·def·i·nite·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·def·i·nite·ness, noun
  • un·def·i·nite, adjective
  • un·def·i·nite·ly, adverb
  • un·def·i·nite·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with definite

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How to use definite in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for definite


/ (ˈdɛfɪnɪt) /

  1. clearly defined; exact; explicit

  2. having precise limits or boundaries

  1. known for certain; sure: it is definite that they have won

  2. botany

    • 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

Origin of definite

C15: from Latin dēfīnītus limited, distinct; see define

Derived forms of definite

  • definiteness, noun
  • definitude (dɪˈfɪnɪˌtjuːd), noun

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