- 1Clearly stated or decided; not vague or doubtful: we had no definite plansMore example sentences
explicit, specific, express, precise, exact, defined, well defined, clear-cut; determined, fixed, established, confirmed, direct; concrete, hard, plain, outrightunambiguous, certain, undisputed, decided, marked, distinct, unquestioned, not in question, not in doubt
- Although I'm planning on some definite distinctions between the two.
- I don't think there's a definite answer to whether or not writers use alcohol as a creative enabler, a relaxant, a means to conquer fear, or a way to battle neuroses.
- Council departments have been asked to draw up proposals on how to save money, although definite plans can't be made until the Government announces its spending assessments early next year.
- 1.1Clearly true or real; unambiguous: no definite proof has emergedMore example sentences
certain, sure, positive, absolute, conclusive, decisive, firm, concrete, final, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable, unarguable, clear, manifest, obvious, patent, unmistakable, proven; black and white, hard and fast, as plain as the nose on your face, as plain as daylight; guaranteed, settled, decided, assured• informal cut and dried
- The four-member commission's report is still being drafted and its final conclusions are not yet definite.
- ‘Angie's death is a possibility, Christopher, but it is not yet definite,’ I insisted.
- They've yet to reach a definite conclusion about why a hydrogen fuel sensor failed last Wednesday.
- 1.2 [predic.] (Of a person) certain or sure about something: you’re very definite about that!More example sentences
- But Dymbel knows his subject, and he's absolutely definite - it's not a Beatle.
- Plenty of time for that when we are more definite about people's intentions.
- So I'm definite that he did catch me and it should have been a penalty.
- 1.3Clear or undeniable (used for emphasis): under the circumstances, air conditioning is a definite assetMore example sentences
- This statement must be made in clear and definite terms, and there must further be some prima facie evidence that it has some foundation in fact.
- Therefore, I would like to challenge all those clubs and organizations that go so far in promoting this type of discrimination to provide a clear and definite reason for doing so.
- It could be that a lot of us don't have any real clue about what we want - we don't have a clear and definite aim and therefore are lacking the ambition of living life to the full.
- 1.4Having exact and discernible physical limits or form: organizations have boundaries in the sense that they may occupy a definite geographical areaMore example sentences
- It used to be only in America that cities were defined rather unromantically as ‘municipal corporations occupying a definite area’.
- As a rule it will not be waged in a definite military-geographic area.
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- Ravitch would hardly disagree with Sizer that there are many acceptable ways for schools and students to meet academic standards, once we know with some definiteness what they are.
- He stated that he liked the structure they had, such as the definiteness in the policies, and knowing if he violated a rule he would be locked in his room.
- A well-posed problem is a problem that can be stated with enough clarity and definiteness that it is guaranteed a solution.
mid 16th century: from Latin definitus 'defined, set within limits', past participle of definire (see define).
For an explanation of the difference between definite and definitive, see definitive (usage).