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adjective de·fin·i·tive \di-ˈfi-nə-tiv\

Simple Definition of definitive

  • : not able to be argued about or changed : final and settled

  • : complete, accurate, and considered to be the best of its kind

Full Definition of definitive

  1. 1 :  serving to provide a final solution or to end a situation <a definitive victory>

  2. 2 :  authoritative and apparently exhaustive <a definitive edition>

  3. 3 a :  serving to define or specify precisely <definitive laws> b :  serving as a perfect example :  quintessential <a definitive bourgeois>

  4. 4 :  fully differentiated or developed <a definitive organ>

  5. 5 of a postage stamp :  issued as a regular stamp for the country or territory in which it is to be used

de·fin·i·tive·ly adverb
de·fin·i·tive·ness noun

Examples of definitive

  1. We need a definitive answer to this question.

  2. The court has issued a definitive ruling.

  3. a definitive collection of the band's albums



Origin of definitive

Middle English diffinityf, from Anglo-French diffinitive, from Latin definitivus, from definitus


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of definitive

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>.

Rhymes with definitive


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definitive

noun de·fin·i·tive

Definition of definitive

  1. :  a definitive postage stamp — compare provisional



1951

First Known Use of definitive

1951


Medical Dictionary

definitive

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adjective de·fin·i·tive \di-ˈfin-ət-iv\

Medical Definition of definitive

  1. :  fully differentiated or developed <a definitive organ>





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