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a. Having bounds; limited: a finite list of choices; our finite fossil fuel reserves.
b. Existing, persisting, or enduring for a limited time only; impermanent.
2. Mathematics
a. Being neither infinite nor infinitesimal.
b. Having a positive or negative numerical value; not zero.
c. Possible to reach or exceed by counting. Used of a number.
d. Having a limited number of elements. Used of a set.
3. 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.
A finite thing.

[Middle English finit, from Latin fīnītus, past participle of fīnīre, to limit, from fīnis, end.]

fi′nite′ly adv.
fi′nite′ness n.
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Adv.1.finitely - with a finite limit; "there are finitely many solutions to this problem"
endlessly, infinitely - continuing forever without end; "there are infinitely many possibilities"
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It seems to me that all my life before that momentous day is in- finitely remote, a fading memory of light-hearted youth, something on the other side of a shadow.
Yet, consistent, strong, and replicable findings are that substantial increases in the levels of cooperation are achieved when individuals are allowed to communicate face to face.(13) This holds true across all types of social dilemmas studied in laboratory settings and in both one-shot and finitely repeated experiments.
[1995] suggested using finitely representable (f.r.) database states, where extensional database predicates are defined as quantifier-free first-order formulas.
The third section will report and analyze the experimental results of finitely repeated prisoner's dilemma games.
Sustainable preferences are shown to be a natural extension of the "equal treatment criterion" for finitely many generations, in the sense that the optimal solutions for such preferences approach the "turnpike" of an equal-weight finite horizon optimization problem as the horizon increases.
Bosa and colleagues introduce the concept of finitely colored equivalence for unital *-homomorphisms between C*-algebras, for which unitary equivalence is the 1-colored case.
"The court ruling finitely orders the board to issue the certificate of approval," Don Riley, vice president of marketing and development for Mark IV, said Friday morning.
Finitely generated ideals are defined as in ring theory.
Kinzel, Schmiedeler and Pennock (2006, 2007) dealt with kinematic synthesis of mechanisms for function generation with finitely separated precision points using geometric constraint programming.
If I is finite, then N is called finitely M-generated.