- The definition of definite is something that has limits, is clear in meaning, absolutely true and positive.
- 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., less 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: Classical Latin definitus, past participle of definire: see define
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- Having distinct limits: definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol.
- Indisputable; certain: a definite victory.
- Clearly defined; explicitly precise: a definite statement of the terms of the will. See Synonyms at explicit.
- Grammar Limiting or particularizing.
- Botany a. Of a specified number not exceeding 20, as certain floral organs, especially stamens.b. Cymose; determinate.
Origin: Middle English diffinite, defined, from Latin dēfīnītus, past participle of dēfīnīre, to define; see define.
- defˈi·nite·ly adverb
- defˈi·nite·ness noun