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Princeton's WordNet

  1. determinateness, definitenessnoun

    the quality of being predictable with great confidence


  1. definitenessnoun

    The state or quality of being definite.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Definitenessnoun

    Certainty; limitedness. Dict.

    Etymology: from definite.


  1. Definiteness

    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. definiteness

    Definiteness refers to the quality or condition of being clear, precise, and decided. It's the particular grammatical category associated with the state of knowledge or information concerning the identity of a noun. In context, it often refers to a specific characteristic or quality that makes something uniquely identifiable or distinct from others. This can be applicable in various fields such as linguistics, mathematics, and law.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Definitenessnoun

    the state of being definite; determinateness; precision; certainty


  1. Definiteness

    In grammatical theory, definiteness is a feature of noun phrases, distinguishing between entities that are specific and identifiable in a given context and entities which are not. There is considerable variation in the expression of definiteness across languages: ⁕Some languages, e.g. English, use separate words called articles. ⁕In other languages, the article is a clitic that attaches phonologically to the noun, e.g. the Hebrew definite article ha- or the Arabic definite article al-. ⁕In yet other languages, definiteness is indicated by affixes on the noun or on modifying adjectives, much like the expression of grammatical number and grammatical case. In these languages, the inflections indicating definiteness may be quite complex. In the Germanic languages and Balto-Slavic languages, for example, there are two paradigms for adjectives, one used in definite noun phrases and the other used in indefinite noun phrases. ⁕In some languages, e.g. Hungarian, definiteness is marked on the verb. ⁕Some languages do not express definiteness at all.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of definiteness in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of definiteness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of definiteness in a Sentence

  1. Napolean Hill:

    Without will and reason there is nothing left to support definiteness of purpose.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. tacky
    • B. aculeate
    • C. elusive
    • D. indiscernible

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