Origin of definite
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?
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|Walter Olson|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The report had one definite effect: rumblings about the antitrust exemption ceased.
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|Michael Daly|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact, the Midwest is the only region where Clinton lacks a definite lead.Cleveland, LeBron James, and the 2016 Republican Convention|Lloyd Green|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No definite rules can be given; sometimes the one, sometimes the other should give way.The Library of Work and Play: Home Decoration|Charles Franklin Warner
I have tried to realise a definite result, and I have not been disappointed.Sermons|Clement Bailhache
An order of recurrence does exist, however, giving the definite form essential to poetry.Studies of Contemporary Poets|Mary C. Sturgeon
It is also the principle which governs the airplane or glider, whose planes are kept at a definite angle to the air current.The Romance of Aircraft|Lawrence Yard Smith
The number ε is a definite quantity of the element, and is called its electrochemical equivalent.Lord Kelvin|Andrew Gray
British Dictionary definitions for definite
- 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 for definite
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."