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definite

[ def-uh-nit ]
/ ˈdɛf ə nɪt /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of definite

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

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH definite

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British Dictionary definitions for definite

definite
/ (ˈdɛfɪnɪt) /

adjective

clearly defined; exact; explicit
having precise limits or boundaries
known for certain; sureit is definite that they have won
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

Derived forms of definite

definiteness, noundefinitude (dɪˈfɪnɪˌtjuːd), noun

Word Origin for definite

C15: from Latin dēfīnītus limited, distinct; see define
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