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# finite

[ **fahy**-nahyt ]

## adjective

- having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.
**Synonyms:**restricted, limited, bounded *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:
*our finite existence on earth.*

## noun

- something that is finite.

finite

/ ˈfaɪnaɪt /

## 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
- 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

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.

## Derived Forms

**ˈfinitely**, adverb**ˈfiniteness**, noun

## Other Words From

**finite·ly**adverb**finite·ness**noun**non·finite**adjective noun**non·finite·ly**adverb**non·finite·ness**noun**super·finite**adjective**super·finite·ly**adverb**super·finite·ness**noun**un·finite**adjective

## Word History and Origins

Origin of finite^{1}

## Word History and Origins

Origin of finite^{1}

*fīnītus*limited, from

*fīnīre*to limit, end

## Example Sentences

US vetting requirements, capacity limitations at refugee resettlement agencies, and a finite number of slots available under the current refugee admissions cap could all contribute to delays in bringing them to American soil.

Giving students early access to Pell meant drawing down finite dollars, as the grants can only be used for 12 semesters.

These so-called infinite-dimensional matrices have a very different algebra from finite-dimensional ones.

As you might have expected, f was less than 1, meaning the chain had a finite length.

Until the 1960s, scientists believed that the number of neurons and synaptic connections in the human brain were finite and that, once damaged, these brain cells could not be replaced.

Many of the fuels we use to generate electricity —natural gas, oil, coal—are abundant yet finite.

“It is an outrage that DEA is using finite taxpayer dollars to impound legal industrial hemp seeds,” he said.

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.

To imitate finite excellence, is to aspire at excellence, even though but in part.

To follow these would be delightful and honouring; but would be to follow what is merely a copy, and only finite.

Its effects on creatures being finite, what is finite might these in some measure point out.

A spirit has no body; an infinite being is a being which is not finite; a perfect being is a being which is not imperfect.

What good to me is the favor of a being who, able to bestow upon me infinite good, does not even give me a finite one?

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