Finite meaning

fīnīt
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.

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Anything that has measurable limits; finite thing.
noun
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A finite thing.
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Being a member of the set of real or complex numbers.
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Having an end or limit; constrained by bounds.
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Relating to a set that cannot be put into a one-to-one correspondence with any proper subset of its own members.
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(grammar, as opposed to infinite) Limited by person or number. [from 19th c.]

The "goes" in "he goes" is a finite form of a verb.

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Having measurable or definable limits; not infinite.
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Having limits of person, number, and tense.
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Relating to or being a numerical quantity describing the size of such a set.
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Being a quantity that is non-zero and not infinite.
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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.
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Origin of finite

  • Middle English finit from Latin fīnītus past participle of fīnīre to limit from fīnis end

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

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

    From Wiktionary