1. Relating to, or involving, money or finance: Mr. Zimmerman was the financial manager for several performing artists.
2. Pertaining to public revenue; such as, fiscal concerns or operations: The end of the financial year for the city was June when all the bookkeeping would be audited.
3. Referring to monetary receipts and expenditures; or relating to fund matters: Lady Gregory enjoyed gossiping about the financial affairs of her neighbors but was embarrassed to use the word "money" in her conversations.
4. A descriptive term for those who are commonly engaged in dealing with legal tender and credit: Jonathan was a financial manager for the investment company where he was employed.
, more financially, most financially
Being or seeming to be related to the way money is managed: Elton did not feel that he was financially competent to manage the vast sums left to him by his aunt so he employed someone who was more financially experienced to assist him.
financier (s) (noun)
, financiers (pl)
A person who is charged with the management of money or investments, etc. that belong to others: Bettie said she needed to consult with her financier before she invested in a new home.
1. Relating to something or someone of who is of superior quality; something that is acceptable or satisfactory: Fleur's fine
personality was admired by all of her friends.
The fine linen felt wonderful to touch because it was so soft and beautifully woven.
2. Etymology: "unblemished, refined, pure; of superior quality," from Old French fin
, "perfected, of highest quality" (12th century); from Latin finis
, "end, limit".
finery (s) (noun)
, fineries (pl)
That which is elegant, well made or that is typically used for special occasions: Sara saved her finery for special occasions; such as, when she was going to an opera.
finesse (s) (noun)
1. A delicate and skillful quality in the way someone moves or handles something: Helena walked across the room with an elegant finesse
in her style.
2. Skill in dealing with difficult or troublesome situations; especially, those in which a person might easily offend other people: Mr. Charles, an experienced diplomat, was able to handle the disagreement among his guests with grace and finesse
The script of the new play required the actor to handle the staged argument with finesse.
Even though Lina refused the man's offer of marriage, she did it with such finesse that his feelings were not hurt and they remained friends.
3. Elegance and delicacy of performance and execution; including, a subtle handling of a situation with tactful and diplomatic maneuvering: The reporter handled the interview questions with finesse
as she spoke with the head of the war-torn country.
Finis coronat opus. (Latin statement)
Translation: "The end crowns the work."
A reference to the completion of a major project in which someone rejoices in its final accomplishment.
, finishes; finished; finishing
1. To do the last part or to reach the end of something so that it is complete: Shirley finished her speech to her fellow students and left the podium for the next speaker.
2. To stop happening; that is, to bring to an end or to terminate something: The meeting finished on a negative note.
3. To eat, to consume, to drink, or to use all of something so that there is nothing left: Ted's boy was in a hurry to finish his meal so he could go see a movie.
4. To be in a particular position at the end of a race or a competition: Shawn and Tony's football team was expected to finish in second place.
5. To rub a surface, or to put a substance on it, in order to make it smooth and attractive: After the polish was applied to the car, rubbed off, and everything was finished, it looked like a new vehicle.
6. To bring about the ruin of something: Some investors believe the stock market crash was finished or ended for many financial speculators.
finisher (s) (noun)
, finishers (pl)
Someone, or something, that brings about the conclusion or completion of an activity: The home run by Brian was the finisher
of the baseball season.
Mr. Soames hired three finishers to complete the plastering of the ceiling in his new home.
Relating to that which has limits, boundaries, an end point, or a specified number: There were a finite number of explanations that would account for the accident that took place on the ski slope.
finitely (adverb) (not comparable)
Having or seeming to have a limited number of options or possibilities: The dormitory students at Tim's university finitely continued to argue about a regulation requiring then to remain indoors during specified hours, typically at night, despite knowing they would not win the argument with the university administration.
finiteness (s) (noun) (no plural)
A limited quality or character regarding the extent, duration, power, etc.: There is a finiteness
of natural resources on earth.
All living species, including humans, have a finiteness of life spans or existence.
finitude (FIN i tood", FIN i tyood) (s) (noun)
, finitudes (pl)
A condition of having limits or boundaries: It was easy to see that the waiter had reached the finitude of his patience when the customer was continuously complaining about the service in the restaurant.
, more indefinable, most indefinable
Characterized by being impossible to clearly describe or to explain: The comedian has an indefinable
quality that attracts people to see his TV programs.
When Todd and Tamika saw the lightening and heard the thunder and very strong winds, they had the most indefinable terror that they had ever experienced before.
, more indefinably, most indefinably
Pertaining to what is impossible to describe or to explain: Erin has an indefinably alluring personality which attracts many people to his musical performances.
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