[def-uh-nit] /ˈdɛf ə nɪt/
clearly or determined; not vague or general; fixed; precise; exact:
a definite quantity; definite directions.
having fixed limits; bounded with precision:
a definite area.
positive; certain; sure:
It is definite that he will take the job.
Botany. (of an inflorescence) determinate.
clearly defined; exact; explicit
having precise limits or boundaries
known for certain; sure: it is definite that they have won
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.”
[verb dih-jen-uh-reyt; adjective, noun dih-jen-er-it] /verb dɪˈdʒɛn əˌreɪt; adjective, noun dɪˈdʒɛn ər ɪt/ verb (used without object), degenerated, degenerating. 1. to fall below a normal or desirable level in physical, mental, or moral qualities; deteriorate: The morale of the soldiers degenerated, and they were unable to fight. 2. to diminish in quality, especially from a […]
[dih-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /dɪˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. tending to . 2. characterized by degeneration. /dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪtɪv/ adjective 1. (of a disease or condition) getting steadily worse adj. 1846; see degenerate + -ive. degenerative de·gen·er·a·tive (dĭ-jěn’ər-ə-tĭv) adj. Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration.
[non-di-grey-duh-buh l] /ˌnɒn dɪˈgreɪ də bəl/ adjective 1. not subject to or capable of degradation or decomposition: nondegradable waste. noun 2. something that is not degradable, as a chemical compound.
[adjective dih-lib-er-it; verb dih-lib-uh-reyt] /adjective dɪˈlɪb ər ɪt; verb dɪˈlɪb əˌreɪt/ adjective 1. carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie. 2. characterized by or cautious consideration; careful or slow in deciding: Moving away from the city and all its advantages required a deliberate decision. 3. leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow […]