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conclusive

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adjective con·clu·sive \-ˈklü-siv, -ziv\

Simple Definition of conclusive

  • : showing that something is certainly true

Full Definition of conclusive

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a conclusion

  2. 2 :  putting an end to debate or question especially by reason of irrefutability

con·clu·sive·ly adverb
con·clu·sive·ness noun

Examples of conclusive

  1. <the archeological discovery was conclusive proof that the Vikings had indeed settled in North America around 1000 a.d.>

  2. <a conclusive argument for allowing the students to put on a play of their own choosing>



1536

First Known Use of conclusive

1536

Synonym Discussion of conclusive

conclusive, decisive, determinative, definitive mean bringing to an end. conclusive applies to reasoning or logical proof that puts an end to debate or questioning <conclusive evidence>. decisive may apply to something that ends a controversy, a contest, or any uncertainty <a decisive battle>. determinative adds an implication of giving a fixed character or direction <the determinative factor in the court's decision>. definitive applies to what is put forth as final and permanent <the definitive biography>.


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