- (uncountable) The state or characteristic of being limited in number or scope.
- (countable) Something which is limited in number or scope.
- 1734, Watts, Isaac, “A Brief Scheme of Ontology”, in Philosophical Essays on Various Subjects, 6th edition, London: T. Longman, T. Fields and C. Dilly, published 1794, page 370:
- Disagreement in substance or essence […] may be called Disproportion, as there is a disproportion between finities and infinities, i.e. there is no proportion between them.
- 1837 September 2, “The Transcendalist's Dialogues: No. IX”, in The Shepherd, volume 3, number 10, page 79:
- If we imagined a person capable of comprehending infinity, we should merely think that he was able infinitely to add up finities.
- 1884 January 1, “Prayer and Science”, in Methodist Quarterly Review (4th), volume 66, page 8:
- And this condescension of infinite Perfection to the finities—to their imperfections, contingencies, and littlenesses—is the very result of its perfection.
- (state or characteristic of being limited): boundedness, finitude, finiteness, limitedness; see also Thesaurus:finity
- (state or characteristic of being limited): infinity, unlimitedness, endlessness; see also Thesaurus:infinity
state or characteristic of being limited
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.