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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.
  3. positive; certain; sure: It is definite that he will take the job.
  4. defining; limiting.
  5. Botany. (of an inflorescence) determinate.
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Origin of definite

1520–30; < Latin dēfīnītus limited, precise, past participle of dēfīnīre; see define, -ite2
Related formsdef·i·nite·ness, nounnon·def·i·nite, adjectivenon·def·i·nite·ly, adverbnon·def·i·nite·ness, nounqua·si-def·i·nite, adjectivequa·si-def·i·nite·ly, adverbsem·i·def·i·nite, adjectivesem·i·def·i·nite·ly, adverbsem·i·def·i·nite·ness, nounun·def·i·nite, adjectiveun·def·i·nite·ly, adverbun·def·i·nite·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Have you formed any definite plans about the manner of going?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The ancient priest who drew it must have placed it there for a definite purpose.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Then she stood up with the air of one who has come to a definite decision.

  • "Don't put me in the hole," said Moxy, now using the definite article.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • At first there had been no definite thought of print in Mr, Edgeworth's mind.

British Dictionary definitions for definite


  1. clearly defined; exact; explicit
  2. having precise limits or boundaries
  3. known for certain; sureit is definite that they have won
  4. botany
    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
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Derived Formsdefiniteness, noundefinitude (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."

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