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  1. sharply or clearly stated, outlined, described, etc.: a well-defined character; a well-defined boundary.
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Origin of well-defined

First recorded in 1695–1705
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Related Words for well-defined

precise, unambiguous, straightforward, distinct, clear-cut, explicit, transparent, apparent, audible, comprehensible, intelligible, legible, lucid, obvious, plain, sharp, understandable, lucent, graspable, well-marked

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Historical Examples of well-defined

  • But there was a well-defined code between his mother and himself.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Here was a dilemma—a dilemma none the less for having two well-defined horns.


    Henry Morford

  • He had a well-defined code to regulate his relations with others and theirs with him.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • The only other well-defined compound is the sulphocarbonate.

  • In the first place, let us determine upon some well-defined plan.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith

British Dictionary definitions for well-defined


adjective (well defined when postpositive)
  1. clearly delineated, described, or determined
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