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- n. The state or quality of being definite.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being definite; determinateness; precision; certainty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being definite or defined in extent or signification; exactness; determinateness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being predictable with great confidence
I think the key to definiteness is that the noun is specific to both the reader AND the writer.
But as he watched it grow in definiteness he saw that it was a coral reef smoking in the white Pacific surges.
Finally, about definiteness marking on direct objects Payne tends to call definiteness 'identifiability': Describing morphosyntax, p.
Finally, about definiteness marking on direct objects Payne tends to call definiteness "identifiability":
At the beginning he admired Sophia's "definiteness" and routines and were an influence on his own journey.
But the kind of definiteness and consistency introduced depends upon who introduces them.
 In a free application of Spencer's formula of evolution to modern industry I have not included the quality of "definiteness," which close reflection shows to possess no property which is not included under heterogeneity and cohesiveness.
The lack of definiteness which is at present so general in color nomenclature, is due in large measure to the failure to appreciate the fundamental characteristics on which color differences depend.
We speak of these changes with a peremptory kind of definiteness, as if they had covered no more than the space of a few years.
Of course names increase as human history proceeds, so "definiteness" in things must necessarily more and more evolve.