Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a finite manner or degree; within limits; to a certain degree only.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a finite manner or degree.

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  • adverb In a finite manner.

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

  • adverb with a finite limit

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Examples

  • A theory T is defined to be decidable if there is an effective procedure of deciding whether any given sentence s belongs to T, (where an 'effective procedure' is generally defined to be a finitely-specifiable sequence of algorithmic steps).

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • It feels a lot like a finitely repeated prisoner's dilemma: if everyone's going to fink in the end, then we can't do any better at the beginning but to fink.

    A Waste of Talent

  • Similarly, there are economic theories predicting that firms will set price equal to average cost, that individuals will discount future payments at the rate of interest, and that no one will cooperate in a finitely-repeated Prisoners 'Dilemma game.

    The Marginal Myth, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • In any finite region of space, matter can only arrange itself in a finite number of configurations, just as a deck of cards can be arranged in only finitely many different orders.

    If You Don't Like This Universe

  • A theory T is defined to be decidable if there is an effective procedure of deciding whether any given sentence s belongs to T, (where an 'effective procedure' is generally defined to be a finitely-specifiable sequence of algorithmic steps).

    Theories of Everything and Godel's theorem

  • But a key fact is that the roots are always countable — and, more importantly, there can only be finitely many roots in a given closed and bounded region.

    Wolfram Blog : Mathematica 7, Johannes Kepler, and Transcendental Roots

  • "3-D works best in a very claustrophobic environment where you really feel finitely that the walls are only a few feet away," Cameron explains.

    Cameron on Producing His Underwater 3D Drama 'Sanctum' « FirstShowing.net

  • An atheist could still try to deny the existence of the idea of God on the grounds that there are only finitely many natural laws, i.e. ideas, in the platonic world, but this can be refuted by using the Goedel theorem: A theory of everything should explain mathematics, and by Goedel´s theorem there is no closed mathematical system which contains the arithmetics.

    Post-Christian America

  • They make mistakes, and they're finitely human instead of being superheroes.

    Holly Robinson: Our TV Sleuths Need to Take a Page from British Mysteries

  • We observe our universe to be such, if current cosmological theory is right, as to have had a beginning finitely long ago, followed by an era in which no part of it could have sustained life.

    Backing Into an Evidentiary Standard for ID

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