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Meaning of DEFINITE

Pronunciation:  'defunit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  known for certain; "it is definite that they have won"
  2. [adj]  precise; explicit and clearly defined; "I want a definite answer"; "a definite statement of the terms of the will"; "a definite amount"; "definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol"; "the wedding date is now definite"; "a definite drop in attendance"

DEFINITE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: certain(a), certain(p), decided, decisive, defined, distinct, formed, settled
 Antonyms: indefinite
 See Also: clear, explicit, expressed



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Def"i*nite\, a. [L. definitis, p. p. of definire: cf.
    F. d['e]fini. See {Define}.]
    1. Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or
       greatness; limited; fixed; as, definite dimensions; a
       definite measure; a definite period or interval.
             Elements combine in definite proportions. --Whewell.
    2. Having certain limits in signification; determinate;
       certain; precise; fixed; exact; clear; as, a definite
       word, term, or expression.
    3. Determined; resolved. [Obs.] --Shak.
    4. Serving to define or restrict; limiting; determining; as,
       the definite article.
    {Definite article} (Gram.), the article the, which is used to
       designate a particular person or thing, or a particular
       class of persons or things; -- also called a definitive.
       See {Definitive}, n. -
    {Definite inflorescence}. (Bot.) See {Determinate
       inflorescence}, under {Determinate}.
    {Law of definite proportions} (Chem.), the essential law of
       chemical combination that every definite compound always
       contains the same elements in the same proportions by
       weight; and, if two or more elements form more than one
       compound with each other, the relative proportions of each
       are fixed. Compare Law of multiple proportions, under
  2. \Def"i*nite\, n.
    A thing defined or determined. [Obs.]
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