General Writing and Grammar Help/word form


can you tell the difference between these two words: definite and well-defined? which one should I use in the following sentences?
1. scientists follow several..............steps in investigating unexpected outbreaks of disease.
2. the money was lent for a .............period of time.

Hi Loccao,

The first sentence should be "well-defined" and the the second sentence should be "defined".

Essentially, both of these words just mean "specific", but well-defined means that there is more detail than just defined. Scientific processes are more defined, more detailed, than a loan term. Hence, well-defined goes with the scientists.  

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