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ADJECTIVE:
    1. Having bounds; limited: a finite list of choices; our finite fossil fuel reserves.
    2. Existing, persisting, or enduring for a limited time only; impermanent.
  1. Mathematics
    1. Being neither infinite nor infinitesimal.
    2. Having a positive or negative numerical value; not zero.
    3. Possible to reach or exceed by counting. Used of a number.
    4. Having a limited number of elements. Used of a set.
  2. Grammar Of or relating to any of the forms of a verb that can occur on their own in a main clause and that can formally express distinctions in person, number, tense, mood, and voice, often by means of conjugation, as the verb sees in She sees the sign.
NOUN:
A finite thing.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English finit, from Latin fntus, past participle of fnre, to limit, from fnis, end

OTHER FORMS:
finitely(Adverb), finiteness(Noun)


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