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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: definitus, past participle of definire; DEFINE

definite

adjective
     
def‧i‧nite S3
1 clearly known, seen, or stated [= clear]:
It's impossible for me to give you a definite answer.
We need to record sufficient data to enable definite conclusions to be reached.
He'd shown definite signs of resigning himself to the situation.
2 a definite arrangement, promise etc will happen in the way that someone has said [↪ indefinite]:
Fix a definite date for the delivery of your computer.
3 [not before noun] saying something very firmly so that people understand exactly what you mean
definite about
She's not definite about retiring from the game.

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