English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'definite'

(adjective) 
Definition
firm, clear, and precise
It's too soon to give a definite answer.
Synonyms
specific
I asked him to be more specific.
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exact
I can't remember the exact words he used.
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precise
We will never know the precise details of his death.
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particular
What particular aspects of the job are you interested in?
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express
I was warned not to leave my post without express orders.
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black-and-white
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explicit
songs containing explicit references to sexual activity
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cut-and-dried (informal)
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clearly defined
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
firm, clear, and precise
We didn't have any definite proof.
Synonyms
clear
It was a clear case of mistaken identity.
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explicit
He left explicit instructions on how to set the alarm.
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black-and-white
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clear-cut
She won a clear-cut victory in yesterday's election.
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unequivocal
Richardson's unequivocal commitment to fair play
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unambiguous
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cut-and-dried (informal)
(adjective) 
Definition
firm, clear, and precise
There has been a definite improvement.
Synonyms
noticeable
These changes have had no noticeable effect on productivity.
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marked
There has been a marked increase in crimes against property.
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striking
He bears a striking resemblance to Lenin.
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noted
Chomsky's father was a noted Hebrew scholar.
The paper has never been noted for its foreign affairs coverage.
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particular
This is a question of particular importance for us.
Stress is a particular problem for women.
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obvious
It's obvious that he doesn't like me.
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considerable
We have already spent a considerable amount of money on repairs.
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remarkable
He was a remarkable man.
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apparent
The presence of a star is already apparent in the early film.
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evident
He spoke with evident emotion about his ordeal.
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distinct
There was a distinct change in her attitude.
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notable
The most notable architectural feature of the town is its castle.
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manifest
cases of manifest injustice
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conspicuous
Her conspicuous lack of warmth confirmed that they were no longer friends.
(adjective) 
Definition
known for certain
She is very definite about her feelings.
Synonyms
certain
She's absolutely certain she's going to make it as a singer.
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decided
We were at a decided disadvantage.
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sure
She was no longer sure what she thought about the situation.
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convinced
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positive
I'm positive she said she'd be here.
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confident
I am confident that everything will come out right in time.
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assured
Our victory is assured; nothing can stop us.
Opposites

usage note

Definite and definitive should be carefully distinguished. Definite indicates precision and firmness, as in a definite decision. Definitive includes these senses but also indicates conclusiveness. A definite answer indicates a clear and firm answer to a particular question; a definitive answer implies an authoritative resolution of a complex question.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of apparent
Definition
readily seen or understood
The presence of a star is already apparent in the early film.
Synonyms
much in evidence,
unconcealed,
staring you in the face (informal),
plain as the nose on your face
in the sense of assured
Definition
certain to happen
Our victory is assured; nothing can stop us.
Synonyms
ensured,
sealed,
clinched,
made certain,
in the bag (slang),
beyond doubt,
nailed-on (slang)
in the sense of clear-cut
Definition
easy to distinguish or understand
She won a clear-cut victory in yesterday's election.
Synonyms
black-and-white,
unambiguous,
cut-and-dried (informal)

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