# Finiteness

[fahy-nahyt] /ˈfaɪ naɪt/

**adjective**

1.

having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.

2.

Mathematics.

3.

subject to limitations or conditions, as of space, time, circumstances, or the laws of nature:

man’s finite existence on earth.

**noun**

4.

something that is finite.

/ˈfaɪnaɪt/

**adjective**

1.

bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent: a finite difference

2.

(maths, logic) having a number of elements that is a natural number; able to be counted using the natural numbers less than some natural number Compare denumerable, infinite (sense 4)

3.

4.

denoting any form or occurrence of a **verb** inflected for grammatical features such as person, number, and tense

**adj.**

early 15c., from Latin finitus, past participle of finire “to limit, set bounds, end,” from finis (see finish (v.)). Related: Finitely.

finite

(fī’nīt’)

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