- 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 dēfīnītus past participle of dēfīnīre to define ; see define .
Usage Note: Definite and definitive both apply to what is precisely defined or explicitly set forth. But definitive most often refers specifically to a judgment or description that serves as a standard or reference point for others, as in the definitive decision of the court (which sets forth a final resolution of a judicial matter) or the definitive biography of Nelson (that is, the biography that sets the standard against which all other accounts of Nelson's life must be measured).
(comparative more definite, superlative most definite)