Meaning of DEFINITE in English


I. ˈdef(ə)nə̇t, usu -ə̇d.+V adjective

Etymology: Latin definitus, past participle of definire to limit, determine, bring to an end — more at define

1. : having distinct or certain limits : determinate in extent or character : limited , fixed

definite dimensions

a definite period

2. : marked by absence of the ambiguous, obscure, doubtful, or tentative and by certain clear statement or expression by means of flat positive assertion, careful statement of limitation, or accepted, finished form

whatever qualification of counter doctrine there was in his grouped arguments, there was none in the conclusion; and the definite conclusion was what men wanted — H.O.Taylor


a. of a grammatical modifier : typically designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing

this in “this card”, that in “that house”, my in “my father”, Paul's in “Paul's absence” are definite modifiers

the definite article the

b. of an adjective form or set of adjective forms : weak 8b


[French définit, from Latin definitus ]

(1) of a verb form or set of verb forms in French : typically denoting simple occurrence of an action without reference to its completeness or incompleteness, duration, or repetition — usually used in the phrase past definite

je vis “I saw” contains a past definite verb

(2) of a verb form or set of verb forms in English : progressive 7


a. of floral organs : constant in number usually less than 20 and in multiples of the petal number

stamens definite

b. : cymose

5. : real , actual

ambition, which had been formless and remote, became definite — Ellen Glasgow

: positive , cogent

it is a definite instrument for maldistribution of the world's income — J.A.Hobson

Synonyms: see explicit

II. noun

( -s )

: a definite verb form or set of verb forms in a language

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