Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Having bounds or limits; opposed to infinite; limited; bounded.

Part of speech: noun

That which is finite.

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Usage examples "finite":

  1. Or if, on the other hand, events are limited to the combinations of some finite number, then of necessity the same must often recur, and in the same sequence. - "Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans", Clough, Arthur Hugh.
  2. In our attempts to account for the origin of species, we find ourselves still sooner brought face to face with the working of a law of development of so high an order as to stand nearly in the same relation as the Deity himself to man's finite understanding, a law capable of adding new and powerful causes, such as the moral and intellectual faculties of the human race, to a system of nature which had gone on for millions of years without the intervention of any analogous cause. - "The Antiquity of Man", Charles Lyell.
  3. The natural world is harmonious in all its parts; but the moral world is the theatre of disturbing and conflicting forces, whose laws the finite mind cannot comprehend. - "Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions", George S. Boutwell.