# Definition of 'finite'

1. adjective

[formal]

...a finite set of elements.

Only a finite number of situations can arise.

The fossil fuels (coal and oil) are finite resources.

2. adjective

A finite clause is a clause based on a verb group which indicates tense, such as 'went', 'is waiting', or 'will be found', rather than on an infinitive or a participle. Compare non-finite.

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adjective

2. mathematics , 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)4.

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

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## Derived forms

finitely (ˈfinitely) adverb

finiteness (ˈfiniteness)

noun

## Word origin of 'finite'

C15: from Latin fīnītus limited, from fīnīre to limit, end adjective

1.

having measurable or definable limits; not infinite

2. Grammar

having limits of person, number, and tense

said of a verb that can be used in a predicate
3. Ancient Mathematics

noun

4.

anything that has measurable limits; finite thing

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## Derived forms

finitely (ˈfiˌnitely) adverb

finiteness (ˈfiˌniteness)

noun

## Example sentences containing 'finite'

The Sun (2013)

Too much capital is chasing a finite number of opportunities.

Times, Sunday Times (2006) The Runaway Brain: the Evolution of Human Uniqueness (1993) Times, Sunday Times (2007)Does it have to be a finite number?

Times, Sunday Times (2008)And there is a finite limit to size.

MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974) Times, Sunday Times (2013) Times, Sunday Times (2008) Times, Sunday Times (2008)But you could also be forgiven for consciously diverting some of your finite resources into an area where you can compete.

Times, Sunday Times (2010) The Times Literary Supplement (2014) Love, Medicine and Miracles (1990) Times, Sunday Times (2013) Times, Sunday Times (2009) Times, Sunday Times (2016)In a world of finite resources, we are all the problem.

Times, Sunday Times (2015) Times, Sunday Times (2006) Times, Sunday Times (2014)The electric car industry has a vested interest in making this work because there will be more cars using electricity from a finite number of power supplies.

Times, Sunday Times (2016)He is also one of the writers most responsible for helping us understand the infinite nature of God and the finite nature of man.

Christianity Today (2000)It also places pressure on the military, which has a finite number of positions and needs a sufficient force of fit soldiers to deploy.

Times, Sunday Times (2010)Houses, being more or less finite in number, kept their real value.

Times, Sunday Times (2009)There's only a finite number of kids in the world and we probably should have moved a little quicker than we did addressing the mobile opportunity.

Times, Sunday Times (2014)## Trends of 'finite'

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## Translations for 'finite'

British English: finite ADJECTIVE

Something that is

Something that is

*finite*has a definite fixed size or extent....a finite set of elements.## Source

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