Definite definition

dĕfə-nĭt
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.

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Clearly developed or firmly decided.

No definite idea of what to do for a career.

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Precise and clear in meaning; explicit.
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Certain; positive.

It's definite that he'll go.

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Free from any doubt.

Definite knowledge.

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Readily distinguished or certain.

At a definite disadvantage.

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Determined; resolved.

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(bot.) Having a constant number of stamens, etc., fewer than 20 but always a multiple of the number of petals.
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(gram.) Limiting or specifying; referring to a specific or previously identified person, thing, etc.

“the” is the definite article.

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Having distinct limits.

Definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or interval.

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(linguistics) Designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing.

The definite article.

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(grammar) Limiting or particularizing.
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Clearly defined; explicitly precise.

A definite statement of the terms of the will.

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Forthright and unambiguous.

The doctor was very definite about what foods you should avoid.

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Of a fixed number usually less than 20, as certain floral organs, especially stamens.
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Cymose; determinate.
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Having exact limits.
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(obsolete) Anything that is defined or determined.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
definite
Plural:
definites

Origin of definite

  • Middle English diffinite defined from Latin dēfīnītus past participle of dēfīnīre to define define

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition