definite

How to spell definite in german

In german, the word definite can be spelled:

  • adj.
    1. Having distinct limits: definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol.
    2. Indisputable; certain: a definite victory.
    3. Clearly defined; explicitly precise: a definite statement of the terms of the will. See synonyms at explicit.
    4. Grammar. Limiting or particularizing.
    5. Botany.
      1. Of a specified number not exceeding 20, as certain floral organs, especially stamens.
      2. Cymose; determinate.

    [Middle English diffinite, defined, from Latin dēfīnītus, past participle of dēfīnīre, to define. See define.]

    definitely def'i·nite·ly adv.
    definiteness def'i·nite·ness n.

    USAGE NOTE   Definite and definitive both apply to what is precisely defined or explicitly set forth. But definitive most often refers specifically to a judgment or description that serves as a standard or reference point for others, as in the definitive decision of the court (which sets forth a final resolution of a judicial matter) or the definitive biography of Nelson (that is, the biography that sets the standard against which all other accounts of Nelson's life must be measured).


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