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Meaning of definite by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /'dɛfɪnɪt/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈdɛfɪnət/


    definite ( comparative more definite, superlative most definite )

    1. Having distinct limits .
    2. Free from any doubt .
    3. ( linguistics ) Designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing .
      the definite article



    definite ( plural: definites )

    1. ( obsolete ) Anything that is defined or determined .

Explanation of definite by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. known for certain

    2. it is definite that they have won
    3. precise

    4. 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

    Definition of definite by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Definite a. [L. definitis, p. p. of definire: cf. F. défini. 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 Multiple.

    2. Definite, n. A thing defined or determined. [Obs.]