adjective

The definition of finite is something that has a limit that can't be exceeded.

An example of finite is the number of people who can fit in an elevator at the same time.

## finite

- having measurable or definable limits; not infinite
- Gram. having limits of person, number, and tense: said of a verb that can be used in a predicate
- Math.
- capable of being reached, completed, or surpassed by counting: said of numbers or sets
- neither infinite nor infinitesimal: said of a magnitude

Origin of finite

Middle English*finit*; from Classical Latin

*finitus*, past participle of

*finire*, finish

anything that has measurable limits; finite thing

## finite

adjective

- a. Having bounds; limited:
*a finite list of choices; our finite fossil fuel reserves.*b. Existing, persisting, or enduring for a limited time only; impermanent. -
*Mathematics*a. Being neither infinite nor infinitesimal.b. Having a positive or negative numerical value; not zero.c. Possible to reach or exceed by counting. Used of a number.d. Having a limited number of elements. Used of a set. -
*Grammar*Of or relating to any of the forms of a verb that can occur on their own in a main clause and that can formally express distinctions in person, number, tense, mood, and voice, often by means of conjugation, as the verb*sees*in*She sees the sign.*

noun

A finite thing.

Origin of finite

Middle English*finit*, from Latin

*fīnītus*, past participle of

*fīnīre*,

*to limit*, from

*fīnis*,

*end*.

*Related Forms:*

**fi′nite′ly**adverb

**fi′nite′ness**noun

## finite

Adjective

(*comparative* more finite, *superlative* most finite)

Origin

From Latin *fīnītus*, perfect passive participle of *fīniō* (“I finish; I terminate”), from *fīnis* (“boundary”).