from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being finite.
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- n. Limitation, finiteness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Limitation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or mode of being finite; especially, subjection to limitations or conditions; limitation. See finite, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being finite
Living in full acknowledgement of our finitude is the key to being authentic or rather the key to authentic being.
According to Heidegger, finitude is the essence of being human.
This might be why many people have problems saying thank you, as thank you involves recognition of finitude, that one is limited -- that one cannot do it alone.
But hoda'ah is also associated with recognition of finitude, with recognition of our natural human limitations which should impel us to declare ani modeh or ani modah -- I admit to my failings.
From a 42-year-old man who had felt invincible but now was coming to grips with finitude, limitation and mortality.
Strenger interprets the quest for various forms of celebrity as a worldwide escapist flight from human finitude and the tragic dimension of human existence into mindless, inauthentic delusions of omnipotence.
It is part of our finitude, but it should not be taken as the key marker of our humanity.
Personally, I incline to metaphysics of silence, like Wittgenstein, but -- like Wittgenstein again -- I cannot bring myself to scorn other ways human beings cope with finitude, not with a blanket indictment.
She is exploring the shape and finitude of the universe.
My head -- so limited in its finitude; my heart, which is boundless in its love for the human family.