adjective Etymology: Latin definitus, past participle of definire Date: 1553 1. having distinct or certain limits <
set definite standards for pupils to meet
2. a. free of all ambiguity, uncertainty, or obscurity <
demanded a definite answer
b. unquestionable, decided <
the quarterback was a definite hero today
3. typically designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing <
the definite article the
4. a. of floral organs being constant in number, usually less than 20, and occurring in multiples of the petal number <
stamens definite
b. cymose <
a definite inflorescence
Synonyms: see explicitdefinitely adverbdefiniteness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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