SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.

Mathematics . (of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted. not infinite or infinitesimal. not zero. subject to limitations or conditions, as of space, time, circumstances, or the laws of nature: man's finite existence on earth.

noun something that is finite.

Origin of finite 1375–1425; late Middle English <

Latin fīnītus, past participle of

fīnīre to stop, limit. See

fine^{1} ,

-ite^{2} Related forms fi·nite·ly , adverb fi·nite·ness , noun non·fi·nite , adjective, noun non·fi·nite·ly , adverb non·fi·nite·ness , noun su·per·fi·nite , adjective su·per·fi·nite·ly , adverb su·per·fi·nite·ness , noun un·fi·nite , adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged
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Related Words for finite limited ,

fixed ,

definite ,

restricted ,

bound ,

bounded ,

conditioned ,

confined ,

definable ,

exact ,

precise ,

specific ,

determinate ,

delimited ,

terminable Examples from the Web for finite Contemporary Examples of finite Many of the fuels we use to generate electricity —natural gas, oil, coal—are abundant yet finite .

The reservoir of settlement-related projects available for promotion is finite .

And they're wise to pursue this course, because the most finite resource in this discussion is land.

For all practical purposes, the world's supply of oil is not finite .

We only have a finite amount of fresh H2o and food on the planet, there is no more.

Historical Examples of finite Of the Infinite the finite mind can only catch a finite glimpse.

But we must not expect with our finite mind to comprehend the infinite God.

Man, finite and limited in capacity, could therefore never expiate it.

I do not mean that in Mary Osborne I had been worshipping the finite .

Conditions of its necessity.species of escape from all the finite objects about them.

British Dictionary definitions for finite adjective bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent a finite difference

maths logic having a number of elements that is a natural number; able to be counted using the natural numbers less than some natural number Compare denumerable , infinite (def. 4) limited or restricted in nature human existence is finite (as noun ) the finite denoting any form or occurrence of a verb inflected for grammatical features such as person, number, and tense

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Derived Forms finitely , adverb finiteness , noun Word Origin for finite C15: from Latin fīnītus limited, from fīnīre to limit, end

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Word Origin and History for finite adj. early 15c., from Latin finitus, past participle of finire "to limit, set bounds, end," from finis (see finish (v.)). Related: Finitely .

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Relating to a set that cannot be put into a one-to-one correspondence with any proper subset of its own members.

Relating to or being a numerical quantity describing the size of such a set.

Being a member of the set of real or complex numbers.

Being a quantity that is non-zero and not infinite.

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