# finite

[ fahy-nahyt ]

/ ˈfaɪ naɪt /

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### 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: our finite existence on earth.

### noun

something that is finite.

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## Origin of finite

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## British Dictionary definitions for finite

finite

/ (ˈfaɪnaɪt) /

### adjective

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

## Derived forms of finite

finitely, adverbfiniteness, noun## Word Origin for finite

C15: from Latin fīnītus limited, from fīnīre to limit, end

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## Scientific definitions for finite

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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