• (British) IPA: /ˈdɛfɪnɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdɛfɪnɪt/, /ˈdɛfənɪt/


  1. Having distinct limits.
    definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or interval
    • 1837, William Whewell, History of the Inductive Sciences, London: John W. Parker, Volume 3, Book 14, Chapter 8, p. 145,
      […] elements combine in definite proportions […]
  2. Free from any doubt.
    definite knowledge
  3. Determined; resolved.
    • circa 1609 William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act I, Scene 6,
      […] idiots in this case of favour would
      Be wisely definite;
  4. (linguistics) Designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing, or group of persons or things
    the definite article
Antonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • German: eindeutig
  • Russian: определённый
  • Spanish: indudable
Translations Noun

definite (plural definites)

  1. (grammar) A word or phrase that designates a specified or identified person or entity.
  2. (obsolete) Anything that is defined or determined.

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