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 : serving to provide a final solution or to end a situation <a definitive victory>
2 : authoritative and apparently exhaustive <a definitive edition>
4 : fully differentiated or developed <a definitive organ>
5 of a postage stamp : issued as a regular stamp for the country or territory in which it is to be used
Examples of definitive in a sentence
We need a definitive answer to this question.
The court has issued a definitive ruling.
a definitive collection of the band's albums
Did You Know?
Something definitive is complete and final. A definitive example is the perfect example. A definitive answer is usually a strong yes or no. A definitive biography contains everything we'll ever need to know about someone. Ella Fitzgerald's famous 1950s recordings of American songs have even been called definitive--but no one ever wanted them to be the last.
Origin and Etymology of definitive
Middle English diffinityf, from Anglo-French diffinitive, from Latin definitivus, from definitus
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of definitive
Definition of definitive
: a definitive postage stamp — compare provisional
First Known Use of definitive
Medical Definition of definitive
: fully differentiated or developed <a definitive organ>
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