Definition of definite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdef(ə)nət/


1Clearly stated or decided; not vague or doubtful: we had no definite plans
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  • 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.
explicit, specific, express, precise, exact, clear-cut, direct, plain, outright;
fixed, established, confirmed, concrete
unmistakable, certain, unequivocal, unambiguous, undisputed, decided, marked, distinct
1.1Clearly true or real; unambiguous: no definite proof has emerged
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  • 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.
certain, sure, positive, conclusive, decisive, firm, concrete, unambiguous, unequivocal, clear, unmistakable, proven;
guaranteed, assured, cut and dried
1.2 [predicative] (Of a person) certain or sure about something: you’re very definite about that!
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  • 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): video is a definite asset in the classroom
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
fixed, marked, demarcated, delimited, stipulated, particular


For an explanation of the difference between definite and definitive, see definitive (usage).



Pronunciation: /ˈdef(ə)nətnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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).

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Syllabification: def·i·nite

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