# finite

[fahy-nahyt]

- 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.

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- something that is finite.

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## Origin of finite^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms for finite on Thesaurus.com1. bounded, limited, circumscribed, restricted.

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## Examples from the Web for finite

### Contemporary Examples

#### 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.

Netanyahu Must Rein in Extremists in Coalition, or Risk Derailing Peace TalksDaniel Seidemann, Lara Friedman

August 28, 2013

#### 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 the Infinite the finite mind can only catch a finite glimpse.

The Conquest of FearBasil King

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

An Explanation of Luther's Small CatechismJoseph Stump

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

Initiation into PhilosophyEmile Faguet

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

Wilfrid CumbermedeGeorge MacDonald

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

Modern Painters Volume II (of V)John Ruskin

## finite

- bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extenta 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 numberCompare denumerable, infinite (def. 4)
- limited or restricted in naturehuman 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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## Word Origin

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

## finite

[fī′nīt′]

- 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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