finitely, adv.finiteness, n.
/fuy"nuyt/, adj.
1. having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.
2. Math.
a. (of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted.
b. not infinite or infinitesimal.
c. not zero.
3. subject to limitations or conditions, as of space, time, circumstances, or the laws of nature: man's finite existence on earth.
4. something that is finite.
[1375-1425; late ME < L finitus, ptp. of finire to stop, limit. See FINE1, -ITE2]
Syn. 1. bounded, limited, circumscribed, restricted.

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