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definite

Definite is an adjective describing something that is known for certain. For example, there is no more definite way to get into trouble with a police officer than speeding in front of the police station with a broken taillight.

This word is from the Latin definitus meaning "defined" or "limited." Definite can also be used to mean something is very clearly planned or certainly defined. If you have definite plans for the evening to go to the theater and out for a nice dinner at a steak house, you're probably not going to end up playing miniature golf and eating fast food instead.

Definitions of definite
  1. adjective
    precise; explicit and clearly defined
    “I want a definite answer”
    “a definite statement of the terms of the will”
    “a definite amount”
    “the wedding date is now definite
    “a definite drop in attendance”
    Synonyms:
    clear
    readily apparent to the mind
    defined
    clearly characterized or delimited
    certain
    definite but not specified or identified
    decisive
    unmistakable
    decided, distinct
    recognizable; marked
    distinct
    easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined
    explicit, expressed
    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
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    Antonyms:
    indefinite
    vague or not clearly defined or stated
    unclear
    not clear to the mind
    undefined, vague
    not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished
    coy
    showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement
    indecisive
    not clearly defined
    nebulous, unfixed
    lacking definition or definite content
    noncommittal
    refusing to bind oneself to a particular course of action or view or the like
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    indefinite in time or position
    indistinct
    not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand
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  2. adjective
    known for certain
    “it is definite that they have won”
    Synonyms:
    certain
    established beyond doubt or question; definitely known
Commonly confused words

definitely / definitively

Use definitely and definitively when there's no doubt, but save definitely for emphasis and definitively for the final say. If you definitely want to go to a party, but your mom definitively says no, then you aren't going. Quit asking.

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