from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having distinct limits: definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol.
  • adj. Indisputable; certain: a definite victory.
  • adj. Clearly defined; explicitly precise: a definite statement of the terms of the will. See Synonyms at explicit.
  • adj. Grammar Limiting or particularizing.
  • adj. Botany Of a specified number not exceeding 20, as certain floral organs, especially stamens.
  • adj. Botany Cymose; determinate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having distinct limits.
  • adj. Free from any doubt.
  • adj. Designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing.
  • n. Anything that is defined or determined.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness; limited; fixed
  • adj. Having certain limits in signification; determinate; certain; precise; fixed; exact; clear.
  • adj. Determined; resolved.
  • adj. Serving to define or restrict; limiting; determining.
  • n. A thing defined or determined.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having fixed limits; bounded with precision; determinate: as, definite dimensions; definite measure.
  • Expressly or precisely prescribed, fixed, or established.
  • Having clear limits in signification; determinate; certain precise: as, a definite word, term, or expression.
  • Fixed; determinate; exact.
  • In grammar, defining; limiting: applied to the article the and its correspondents in other languages.
  • In botany: Of a constant number, not exceeding twenty: as, stamens definite.
  • Limited in development: as, a definite inflorescence. See centrifugal inflorescence, under centrifugal.
  • n. A thing defined.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. precise; explicit and clearly defined
  • adj. known for certain


Middle English diffinite, defined, from Latin dēfīnītus, past participle of dēfīnīre, to define; see define.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • Mr Cameron, however, openly acknowledged that he been helped out by family connections with what he called a "definite leg-up internship" at his father's stockbrokers.

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  • But he said he too had been helped out by family connections with what he called a "definite leg-up internship" at his father's stockbrokers.

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  • I have no certain -- "definite" thing to write my lord -- Nero.

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  • Complaints to local police resulted in definite stonewalling, so a complaint to county HQ brought an initial assesment by an inspector.

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  • As Mr. Finck has said, "Not till Dante's 'Vita Nuova' appeared was the gospel of modern love — the romantic adoration of a maiden by a youth — revealed for the first time in definite language."

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  • Island McGill was only so large, and the land could support but a certain definite proportion of those that dwelt upon it.


  • Hers is a certain definite organism, somewhat different from all other female organisms.

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  • Augustine undermines the question by pointing out that God did not bring creation into being at a certain definite moment in time, because time did not exist prior to creation.

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  • She represented so much capital, from which he expected to receive, not a certain definite interest, but an incalculable interest.



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