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DEFINITE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does definite mean? 

DEFINITE (adjective)
  The adjective DEFINITE has 2 senses:

1. precise; explicit and clearly defined
2. known for certain

  Familiarity information: DEFINITE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFINITE (adjective)


Sense 1definite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Precise; explicit and clearly defined

Context examples:

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

Similar:

certain (definite but not specified or identified)

decisive (unmistakable)

defined; formed; settled (clearly defined)

decided; distinct (recognizable; marked)

Also:

clear (clear to the mind)

defined (clearly characterized or delimited)

distinct (easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined)

explicit; expressed (precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication)

Antonym:

indefinite (vague or not clearly defined or stated)


Sense 2definite [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Known for certain

Context example:

it is definite that they have won

Similar:

certain (established beyond doubt or question; definitely known)


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