V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. having definable limits in number, quantity, or duration; 2. existing only for a limited time--impermanent; 3. limited in magnitude, spatial, or temporal extent

Synonyms: limited, temporary, countable, circumscribed, definable, determinate, restricted, specific, temporal, impermanent, earthly

Antonyms: unlimited, permanent

Tips: Finite is derived from the Latin finitus, "end." Anything that is limited in its lifespan and will eventually end is finite. We are finite beings with a finite number of resources. Finite is a good word for expressing constraints on goods or supplies. It is also a mathematical and scientific term.

Usage Examples:

Some astronomers are now accepting that the universe, while unimaginably vast, may be finite in size. (limited, definable)

Although we act as if the earth will provide for humans indefinitely, we must come to terms with the fact that our planet has a finite amount of resources. (limited, restricted)

Our options for proceeding our finite, so let's try to define each one. (definable, limited, determinate)

We don't have forever to complete this project; we have a finite amount of time to get this done and still come in under budget. (specific, restricted)

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