definite

[[t]de̱fɪnɪt[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED If something such as a decision or an arrangement is definite, it is firm and clear, and unlikely to be changed.

It's too soon to give a definite answer...

Her Royal Highness has definite views about most things...

She made no definite plans for her future.

2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Definite evidence or information is true, rather than being someone's opinion or guess.

We didn't have any definite proof...

If you have any definite news of my husband, please let me know...

The police had nothing definite against her.

3) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n (emphasis) You use definite to emphasize the strength of your opinion or belief.

There has already been a definite improvement...

That's a very definite possibility.

Syn:
4) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is definite behaves or talks in a firm, confident way.

Mary is very definite about this.

5) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A definite shape or colour is clear and noticeable.

Studying his face in the bathroom mirror he wished he had more definite features.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Definite — Def i*nite, a. [L. definitis, p. p. of definire: cf. F. d[ e]fini. 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. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • definite — I adjective absolute, accurate, actual, allowed, ascertained, assured, attested, authoritative, axiomatic, beyond all dispute, beyond all question, bound, bounded with precision, categorical, certain, certified, certus, clear, clear cut,… …   Law dictionary

  • definite — 1 Definite, definitive are sometimes confused. What is definite (see also EXPLICIT) has limits so clearly fixed or defined or so unambiguously stated that there can be no doubt concerning the scope or the meaning of something so qualified {he has …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • definite — definite, definitely have useful roles as emphasizing words, and should not be dismissed too readily as superfluous: • His expression was bland, unreadable, but there was a definite glint in his eye that made her pulse begin to race E. Richmond,… …   Modern English usage

  • definite — [def′ə nit] adj. [L definitus, pp. of definire: see DEFINE] 1. having exact limits 2. precise and clear in meaning; explicit 3. certain; positive [it s definite that he ll go] 4. Bot. having a constant number of stamens, etc., less than 20 but… …   English World dictionary

  • definite — 1550s, from L. definitus defined, bounded, limited, pp. of definire (see DEFINE (Cf. define)). Definite means defined, clear, precise, unmistakable; definitive means having the character of finality …   Etymology dictionary

  • definite — [adj1] exact, clear audible, bold, categorical, clean cut, clear cut, clearly defined, complete, crisp, definitive, determined, distinct, distinguishable, downright, explicit, express, fixed, forthright, full, graphic, incisive, marked, minute,… …   New thesaurus

  • Definite — Def i*nite, n. A thing defined or determined. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • definite — description …   Philosophy dictionary

  • definite — ► ADJECTIVE 1) clearly stated or decided; not vague or doubtful. 2) (of a person) certain about something. 3) known to be true or real. 4) having exact and discernible physical limits. DERIVATIVES definiteness noun …   English terms dictionary

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