# finiteness

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## fi·nite

(fī′nīt′)
adj.
1.
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.
n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 finiteness - the quality of being finitequality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeareboundlessness, infiniteness, limitlessness, unboundedness, infinitude - the quality of being infinite; without bound or limit
Translations
konečnost
finité
finitate
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