Definition of finitude in US English:



  • The state of having limits or bounds.

    ‘one quickly senses the finitude of his patience’
    • ‘In a manner of speaking I am thus brought face-to-face with my own finitude, my ‘death’ as the possibility in which I am no longer able to be anything.’
    • ‘Are there appropriate limits to our quest to overcome finitude and suffering?’
    • ‘From contemplation of both the very large and the very small comes a strong sense of human finitude.’
    • ‘The postmodern emphasis on sublimity has tended to stress the sublime as an unreachable beyond, contemplation of which induces a pathos of finitude in any human subject.’
    • ‘He affirms that the capacity for self-transcendence, the awareness of human finitude and limitations, ‘makes it impossible to accept our truth as the truth.’’
    • ‘In debating the use of feeding tubes - or of any mode of treatment for that matter - one must not ignore the concepts of finitude and stewardship by focusing only on the sanctity of life.’
    • ‘A buoyant optimism and a stoic acceptance of finitude, a blood-rush of ecstasy and an acquiescence in the logic of mortality have alternated in this magisterial painter's art for more than four decades.’
    • ‘They asserted that while printed materials have a certain fixity and finitude, texts published via the Internet have a much more fluid character.’
    • ‘But this restoration of the traditional way of life is haunted by a pervasive sense of historical finitude.’
    • ‘Christians have said that the story of the fall is about how we invariably try to deny our finitude and escape our mortality and end up making things worse.’
    • ‘It is about building a politics on a recognition of human frailty and finitude.’
    • ‘Concepts, he recognized, were bounded by the laws of thought, their finitude sealed by the principle of contradiction, which holds that contradictory statements cannot both be true.’
    • ‘This, I suppose, is what Critchley means about finitude; we don't think about it, and even when we try to, we can't imagine it.’
    • ‘Randomness is a human construct and is a product of our finitude.’
    • ‘In the title story, we meet a woman whose every tryst with her married lover is marred by her depressing awareness of the affair's finitude.’
    • ‘If we perish, it will not be of failure or finitude but of breathless, bright-eyed idealists for whom the sky's the limit.’
    • ‘Death in this sense finds our subjectivity heavily weighted with our own eventual finitude.’
    • ‘It is still possible to defend love and excellence, courage and charity, from those who imagine such real human experiences to be an illusion, and to accept that these virtues and experiences are inseparable from human finitude.’
    • ‘It then offers another way of living with the enormity of pain and suffering in our world-a model of tragic suffering which explores human freedom and finitude in the context of pain.’
    • ‘Choosing a human future means drawing upon what for McKibben is the most definitive feature of our species: the ability to recognize and live within limits, to face and accept our own finitude.’