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.
Botany. (of an inflorescence) determinate.
- 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
- definite , definitive
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How to use definite in a sentence
His touch is firm and percussive, his ear tuned toward a definite, stirring pulse.Remembering Chick Corea, An Endlessly Inquisitive Jazz Pioneer | Andrew R. Chow | February 12, 2021 | Time
The simulation results give a definite answer to this habitability problem, at least in terms of the importance of feedbacks and luck.Earth Has Stayed Habitable for Billions of Years. Exactly How Lucky Did We Get? | Toby Tyrrell | January 21, 2021 | Singularity Hub
The idea that there is a definite clear-cut answer is not true, because respected scientists differ in their views.The U.K. is delaying the second dose of COVID vaccines to 12 weeks. Is that even safe? | Katherine Dunn | January 12, 2021 | Fortune
The exemplar of this group of ideas is the Copenhagen interpretation, the textbook version of quantum theory, which is most popularly understood to suggest that particles don’t have definite properties until those properties are measured.A New Theorem Maps Out the Limits of Quantum Physics | Anil Ananthaswamy | December 3, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The Hawks’ turnaround starts with outside shooting, a definite concern heading into the year.
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Aguinaldo withheld his decision until Paterno could report to him the definite opinions of his generals.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Quantitative estimation does not furnish much of definite clinical value.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
That she had her definite reason he knew, as a woman knows when another woman is wearing a last year's gown.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
He even fancied that something of challenge flashed from her, though without definite words or gesture.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Much later, in the case of all but gifted children, do the mysteries of harmony begin to take on definite form and meaning.Children's Ways | James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for definite
clearly defined; exact; explicit
having precise limits or boundaries
known for certain; sure: it is definite that they have won
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
- definiteness, noun
- definitude (dɪˈfɪnɪˌtjuːd), noun
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