- An example of definite is the measurements of a piece of land as expressed in the legal bill of sale.
- An example of definite is when you have a specific idea about what you want your house to look like.
- An example of definite is when you have a plan that you are absolutely going to carry out.
- An example of definite is when someone clearly has an advantage on another person.
- having exact limits
- precise and clear in meaning; explicit
- certain; positive: it's definite that he'll go
- Bot. having a constant number of stamens, etc., fewer than 20 but always a multiple of the number of petals
- Gram. limiting or specifying; referring to a specific or previously identified person, thing, etc.: “the” is the definite article
Origin of definiteClassical Latin definitus, past participle of definire: see define
- a. Clearly defined; explicitly precise: a definite statement of the terms of the will. See Synonyms at explicit.b. Forthright and unambiguous: The doctor was very definite about what foods you should avoid.
- Clearly developed or firmly decided: no definite idea of what to do for a career.
- Readily distinguished or certain: at a definite disadvantage.
- Grammar Limiting or particularizing.
- Botany a. Of a fixed number usually less than 20, as certain floral organs, especially stamens.b. Cymose; determinate.
Origin of definiteMiddle English diffinite, defined, from Latin d&emacron;f&imacron;n&imacron;tus, past participle of d&emacron;f&imacron;n&imacron;re, to define; see define.
(comparative more definite, superlative most definite)