F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fahy-nahyt]
    • /ˈfaɪ naɪt/
    • /ˈfaɪ.naɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahy-nahyt]
    • /ˈfaɪ naɪt/

Definitions of finite word

  • abbreviation Technical meaning of FINITE compact 3
  • adjective finite having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable. 1
  • adjective finite Mathematics. (of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted. not infinite or infinitesimal. not zero. 1
  • adjective finite subject to limitations or conditions, as of space, time, circumstances, or the laws of nature: man's finite existence on earth. 1
  • noun finite something that is finite. 1
  • noun finite Having limits or bounds. 1

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Origin of finite

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin fīnītus, past participle of fīnīre to stop, limit. See fine1, -ite2

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Parts of speech for Finite


finite popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for finite

adj finite

  • limited — confined within limits; restricted or circumscribed: a limited space; limited resources.
  • fixed — fastened, attached, or placed so as to be firm and not readily movable; firmly implanted; stationary; rigid.
  • definite — If something such as a decision or an arrangement is definite, it is firm and clear, and unlikely to be changed.
  • restricted — confined; limited.
  • bound — Bound is the past tense and past participle of bind.

adjective finite

  • predetermined — to settle or decide in advance: He had predetermined his answer to the offer.
  • set — to put (something or someone) in a particular place: to set a vase on a table.
  • predictable — able to be foretold or declared in advance: New technology allows predictable weather forecasting.
  • exact — Not approximated in any way; precise.

Antonyms for finite

adj finite

  • indefinite — not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited: an indefinite number.
  • unlimited — not limited; unrestricted; unconfined: unlimited trade.
  • infinite — immeasurably great: an infinite capacity for forgiveness.
  • interminable — incapable of being terminated; unending: an interminable job.
  • unrestricted — confined; limited.

adjective finite

  • endless — Having or seeming to have no end or limit.

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