[ def-uh-nit ]
/ ˈdɛf ə nɪt /


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.
defining; limiting.
Botany. (of an inflorescence) determinate.

Nearby words

  1. defined-benefit,
  2. definiendum,
  3. definiens,
  4. defining,
  5. defining moment,
  6. definite article,
  7. definite description,
  8. definite integral,
  9. definite relative clause,
  10. definite relative pronoun

Origin of definite

1520–30; < Latin dēfīnītus limited, precise, past participle of dēfīnīre; see define, -ite2

Related forms
Can be confuseddefinite definitive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for undefinite


/ (ˈdɛfɪnɪt) /


clearly defined; exact; explicit
having precise limits or boundaries
known for certain; sureit is definite that they have won
  1. denoting a type of growth in which the main stem ends in a flower, as in a cymose inflorescence; determinate
  2. (esp of flower parts) limited or fixed in number in a given species
Derived Formsdefiniteness, noundefinitude (dɪˈfɪnɪˌtjuːd), noun

Word Origin for definite

C15: from Latin dēfīnītus limited, distinct; see define

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Word Origin and History for undefinite



1550s, from Latin definitus "defined, bounded, limited," past participle of definire (see define). Definite means "defined, clear, precise, unmistakable;" definitive means "having the character of finality."

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