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a definite answer (=that says yes or no definitely)
▪ Can you give me a definite answer tomorrow?
a definite/distinct advantage (=one that you can clearly notice)
▪ Electronic trading has a number of distinct advantages.
definite article
major/definite/big etc plus
▪ Some knowledge of Spanish is a definite plus in this job.
▪ Then when I told him about the baby he was more definite.
▪ I often wish people would be more definite. 2.
▪ The stronger, more definite and consistent it is, the more important it will be as a symptom of the case.
▪ He could not be any more definite than that.
▪ No marriage had begun with a more definite understanding of what each required of the other.
▪ If you want a more definite pattern or motif the easiest method to achieve this is to use a stencil.
▪ Something more definite can, fortunately, be said about Molla Fenari's first period of office as kadi of Bursa.
▪ It was quite definite from Lady McClintock's scan.
▪ For the moment we have to rely on intermittent subcutaneous injections which impose quite definite restrictions.
▪ She had been quite definite on this subject.
▪ I've got very strange ideals, and one of the things I've got a very definite mind on is abortion.
▪ The selection of short-term or long-term financing requires the consideration of a very definite risk-return tradeoff.
▪ There are very few house rules but the ban on smoking is very definite.
▪ The green on the twelfth has two very definite tiers and the pin was on the upper one.
▪ They have a very definite shelf life.
▪ Each of these projects carries with it a very definite academic agenda.
▪ Many found it difficult to give accurate figures as the livestock year dictated two very definite peak work periods.
▪ If discounts are offered but not taken, accounts payable have a very definite cost.
▪ Philosophers need to stop procrastinating and staring at their navels and answer questions like the one above with a definite answer.
▪ Because there are few definite answers in law, it engages one to be philosophical-or spiritual, you might say.
▪ The accompanying text pages explore these questions and give definite answers as a basis for discussion.
▪ I would like to give a definite answer.
▪ For the bluesy sound that you are after, an old Marshall 50 with a 4x12 would be the definite answer.
▪ All are familiar with their own experiences of being asleep, and feel they can give definite answers.
▪ There can be no definite answer to this problem at the moment.
▪ None of those questions has a definite answer.
▪ It's a language all its own, with rules and a grammar, but it has no definite article.
▪ The definite article was inclined to appear in strange places, and to disappear from other places where it should have been.
▪ The newspaper names have a definite article because there is only one.
▪ The man had become a myth and acquired the definite article.
▪ Demonstratives and the definite article are terms whose mobilisation and use would be strongly linked to this kind of deixis.
▪ They are all blond and call themselves Gang, without the definite article, which has an icily Germanic ring.
▪ A second piece of evidence is provided by certain uses of the definite article.
▪ For them this front and these guns are the only possible ones indicated by the definite articles.
▪ Because of the weakness of data it is difficult to come to definite conclusions.
▪ As with the origins of many other events no definite conclusions can be drawn.
▪ She came to some definite conclusions about the importance of this post and the requirements of a Depute Head Teacher.
▪ At present it is not possible to draw any definite conclusions about the binding mode of CytR.
▪ Caution is therefore necessary in drawing definite conclusions from either rRNA or protein-tree analyses.
▪ Coincidences with Ralph the Talespinner's story to be noted, but too many alternative possibilities for definite conclusions.
▪ The drama school audition By now you will have made a definite decision to become an actor - nomatterwhat the problems or obstacles.
▪ He said that he thought the proposal could well be what they wanted and promised a definite decision within two days.
▪ No definite decision could be reached.
▪ Marubeni was to make a definite decision on whether it would carry the Axil workstation products depending on reaction at the show.
▪ It was not until the bomb was tested that a definite decision could be reached on its use.
▪ Statistics over five or ten years will provide definite evidence of increasing, stagnant or declining percapita incomes.
▪ They receive these doctrines by tradition, without any definite evidence.
▪ Attempts to trace the background even of Tyler have petered out through lack of definite evidence.
▪ Although Moorhens are sometimes seen in unusual localities along the coast, definite evidence of migration in Sussex is very scant.
▪ Beto has very definite ideas on this.
▪ I have a definite idea of what I am trying to do and I want to stay with it.
▪ He had very definite ideas about what a son of his should be like.
▪ They have definite ideas of what they want to see on the page.
▪ Then you have time to fix on a definite idea of how you want the final mix to sound.
▪ Roy does not have definite ideas on the future.
▪ She has definite ideas on how she thinks things should be organised, and sometimes she is right.
▪ But he was very definite ideas about what he is doing.
▪ So make definite plans to deal with the fears that you can control.
▪ By that time Ed had some fairly definite plans for his immediate future.
▪ Sports: A definite plus for this resort.
▪ If not a thoroughly convincing victory it further establishes Mason in the heavyweight division and his career will now take definite shape.
▪ Everything important to the farm was under the care of a beneficent power, never conceived of as having a definite shape.
▪ No definite shape, rather dull colour.
▪ Charles Worthington, who transformed Aimee's looks, stresses the importance of giving fine hair a definite shape and style.
▪ He gives a definite shape to a side in that he gets his hands on the ball and keeps moving forward.
▪ His own brand of performing was taking on a very definite shape.
▪ The formal support came from the Signet Office, which had been given definite shape in the fifteenth century.
▪ But he'd shown definite signs of resigning himself to the situation - until her arrival downstairs after breakfast.
▪ An independent company, that is, with its two main engines of growth showing definite signs of maturity.
▪ There was no doubt now: there were definite signs of life.
▪ If so, he never gave any definite sign of it.
▪ Such cells look relatively unspecialised but they do show definite signs of differentiation.
▪ Both Sally and John had definite ideas about how the new kitchen should look.
▪ Dorosin said she doesn't have any definite plans for the future.
▪ I've got a good chance of getting the job, but it's not definite yet.
▪ I don't know what time she's coming. She won't give me a definite answer.
▪ Jacinta's report card showed a definite improvement in math.
▪ Mark's studies take a definite back seat to football.
▪ The city has finally given a definite date to replace the street light.
▪ We have some statistics, but we really need something more definite before we can make any firm decisions.
▪ Indeed, Maxwell showed that when the fields propagate as electromagnetic waves they actually carry definite amounts of energy with them.
▪ No other historical transformation has quite the same clear-cut and definite character.
▪ Six years had, after all, seen definite innovations in performance and safety.
▪ Sometimes this means taking a very definite stand on certain issues, but it has to be done for both your sakes.
▪ The green on the twelfth has two very definite tiers and the pin was on the upper one.
▪ They discovered a definite debt-death link: a relationship between interest paid percapita and decrease in life expectancy.
▪ We have seen that a gas or vapour does not have a definite volume or shape.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Definite \Def"i*nite\, a. [L. definitis, p. p. of definire: cf. F. d['e]fini. See Define.]

  1. Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness; limited; fixed; as, definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or interval.

    Elements combine in definite proportions.

  2. Having certain limits in signification; determinate; certain; precise; fixed; exact; clear; as, a definite word, term, or expression.

  3. Determined; resolved. [Obs.]

  4. Serving to define or restrict; limiting; determining; as, the definite article.

    Definite article (Gram.), the article the, which is used to designate a particular person or thing, or a particular class of persons or things; -- also called a definitive. See Definitive, n. -

    Definite inflorescence. (Bot.) See Determinate inflorescence, under Determinate.

    Law of definite proportions (Chem.), the essential law of chemical combination that every definite compound always contains the same elements in the same proportions by weight; and, if two or more elements form more than one compound with each other, the relative proportions of each are fixed. Compare Law of multiple proportions, under Multiple.


Definite \Def"i*nite\, n. A thing defined or determined. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, from Latin definitus "defined, bounded, limited," past participle of definire (see define). Definite means "defined, clear, precise, unmistakable;" definitive means "having the character of finality."


a. 1 Having distinct limits. 2 Free from any doubt. 3 Determined; resolved. 4 (context linguistics English) Designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing. n. (context obsolete English) Anything that is defined or determined.

  1. adj. precise; explicit and clearly defined; "I want a definite answer"; "a definite statement of the terms of the will"; "a definite amount"; "definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol"; "the wedding date is now definite"; "a definite drop in attendance" [ant: indefinite]

  2. known for certain; "it is definite that they have won"


Usage examples of "definite".

There must be one principle constituting this unit of many forms of life and enclosing the several members within the unity, while at the same time, precisely as in each thing of detail the parts too have each a definite function, so in the All each several member must have its own task--but more markedly so since in this case the parts are not merely members but themselves Alls, members of the loftier Kind.

When the anesthetist and the brain specialist went out, Gillian was conscious of a definite bewilderment.

But there were definite advantages of Roman rule, which no Antiochene denied, although their comic actors and the slaves who sang at private entertainments mocked the Romans and invented accusations of injustice and extortion that were even more outrageous than the truth.

In all other Bryales there is a definite columella extending from the base to the apex of the capsule, the archesporium is derived from the outermost layer of cells of the endothecium, and an air space is formed between the spore-sac and the wall.

This was a definite improvement on the Lemurian because the Atlantian functioned on the higher emotions, they tried to develop their higher emotions, but they also evolved into a more reasoning type of mind, they went in for science a lot and, sadly, they produced an atom bomb thousands and thousands of years ago.

Apparently nothing came of this, and Casanova obtained no definite employment until 1776.

You see, the Iron Hands are a new thing, idiomatically national, with a single definite purpose, while the others are only cogs in an international machine.

To a criminologist such as Caleb Myland, they represented definite types.

So successfully did she inveigle her noble swain, and so completely environ his heart, that in the fulness of his boyish adoration of the fair Cytherean, he executed in her favour a certain promise in writing, not a promise to pay, for that might have been of no consequence, nor a promise of settlement, nor a promise to protect, nothing so unsettled,--nothing less did the fair intriguante obtain than a full, clear, and definite promise of marriage, with a sufficient penalty thereunto attached to make the matter alarming and complete, with every appearance on his part to ratify the contract.

In the early stages of the Deathwatch, there was a definite high in watching the Congress reluctantly gearing up for a titanic battle with Richard Nixon and his private army of fixers who had taken over the whole executive branch of the government by the time he sailed triumphantly into his second term.

Until sufficient tubercular matter has been deposited in the lungs to alter the sounds observed on auscultation and percussion, a definite diagnosis of tubercular consumption cannot be made, even though there may have been hemorrhage.

He liked her idea of desensitization since it appealed to the engineer side of his brain with a definite timetable for success.

All the dogs I questioned seemed to have heard of John Dolittle all right, but none of them could give me very definite instructions as to how to reach his home.

The intensity of some of the aniline colors may be indicated by the fact that a single grain of eosine in ten millions of water exhibits a definite rose-pink color.

By various experiments he discovered that the blood of a living animal is subject to a definite pressure, and with some approach to accuracy he succeeded in measuring it.