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Definitions for definite
ˈdɛf ə nɪtdef·i·nite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. definiteadjective

    precise; explicit and clearly defined

    "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"

  2. definiteadjective

    known for certain

    "it is definite that they have won"


  1. definitenoun

    Anything that is defined or determined.

  2. definiteadjective

    Having distinct limits.

  3. definiteadjective

    Free from any doubt.

  4. definiteadjective

    Designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing.

    the definite article

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DEFINITEadjective

    Etymology: from definitus, Latin.

    Hither to your arbour divers times he repaired, and here, by your means, had the sight of the goddess, who in a definite compass can set forth infinite beauty. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Ideots, in this case of favour, would
    Be wisely definite. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    In a charge of adultery, the accuser ought to set forth, in the accusatory libel or inquisition, which succeeds in the place of accusation, some certain and definite time. John Ayliffe, Parerg.

  2. Definitenoun

    Thing explained or defined.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    If these things are well considered, special bastardy is nothing else but the definition of the general; and the general, again, is nothing else but a definite of the special. John Ayliffe.


  1. definite

    In linguistics, definiteness is a semantic feature of noun phrases, distinguishing between referents or senses that are identifiable in a given context (definite noun phrases) and those which are not (indefinite noun phrases). The prototypical definite noun phrase picks out a unique, familiar, specific referent such as the sun or Australia, as opposed to indefinite examples like an idea or some fish. There is considerable variation in the expression of definiteness across languages, and some languages such as Japanese do not generally mark it so that the same expression could be definite in some contexts and indefinite in others. In other languages, such as English, it is usually marked by the selection of determiner (e.g., the vs a). In still other languages, such as Danish, definiteness is marked morphologically.


  1. definite

    Definite refers to something that is clearly stated or decided, not vague or doubtful, or something that is clearly true or real. It can also refer to a specific, fixed or exact amount, value or thing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Definiteadjective

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

  2. Definiteadjective

    having certain limits in signification; determinate; certain; precise; fixed; exact; clear; as, a definite word, term, or expression

  3. Definiteadjective

    determined; resolved

  4. Definiteadjective

    serving to define or restrict; limiting; determining; as, the definite article

  5. Definitenoun

    a thing defined or determined

  6. Etymology: [L. definitis, p. p. of definire: cf. F. dfini. See Define.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'definite' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3604

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'definite' in Adjectives Frequency: #735

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of definite in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of definite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of definite in a Sentence

  1. John Lancaster Spalding:

    Do definite good first of all to yourself, then to definite persons.

  2. Michael Rogers:

    Three definite hits: biometrics, large screen home displays, video telephone calls, skype and FaceTime are part of everyday usage; by the end of the decade I think it will be totally natural for younger users to transition from text to audio to video in a single call, depending on the content at the moment.

  3. Larry Lemke:

    Those of us who are old enough to remember the first half of the 'UFO era' have the definite perception that the public discussion of the topic has devolved, as a society, we are collectively stupider on this subject than we were a generation ago.

  4. Manfed Huebner:

    The euro zone economy is showing definite signs of life.

  5. Andrei Senchenko:

    They tried to influence me and, what's more, made me a definite proposition, that I should change my rhetoric and relationship to the occupation of Crimea, but I gave a clear 'no.'.

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