Definition of Definite

1. Adjective. Precise; explicit and clearly defined. "A definite drop in attendance"

2. Adjective. Known for certain. "It is definite that they have won"
Similar to: Certain
Derivative terms: Definiteness

Definition of Definite

1. a. Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness; limited; fixed; as, definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or interval.

2. n. A thing defined or determined.

Definition of Definite

1. Adjective. Having distinct limits. ¹

2. Adjective. Free from any doubt. ¹

3. Adjective. (linguistics) Designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing. ¹

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

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Definition of Definite

1. known for certain [adj]

Medical Definition of Definite

1. 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. 4. Serving to define or restrict; limiting; determining; as, the definite article. Definite article, 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. Origin: L. Definitis, p. P. Of definire: cf. F. Defini. See Define. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Definite

defining characteristic
defining characteristics
defining vocabulary
definite (current term)
definite article
definite articles
definite clause
definite integral
definite integrals
definite quantity
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Literary usage of Definite

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1888)
"V. « On certain definite Integrals. No. 16." By WHL RUSSELL, FRS Received May 31, 1888. In these papers I have considered incidentally the advantages gained ..."

2. Transactions by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1830)
"On the General Properties of definite Integrals. ... and the distribution of electricity, attach a new importance to the subject of definite integrals; ..."

3. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"definite optical relation between the distance and the size of an object and the size of the retinal image from this object. This series of observations ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Such a definite plan of the book show's that it was written with a definite end in view and according to preconceived arrangement. ..."

5. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"40), but in i". sempervirens there are individual cases in which there is also a definite aggregation into groups. In Cu- pressus 5 3.9 ^ of the species are ..."

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