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

: 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

:  serving to provide a final solution or to end a situation <a definitive victory>
:  authoritative and apparently exhaustive <a definitive edition>
a :  serving to define or specify precisely <definitive laws>
b :  serving as a perfect example :  quintessential <a definitive bourgeois>
:  fully differentiated or developed <a definitive organ>
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


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



Definition of DEFINITIVE

:  a definitive postage stamp — compare provisional

First Known Use of DEFINITIVE


Rhymes with DEFINITIVE

Medical Dictionary


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

Medical Definition of DEFINITIVE

:  fully differentiated or developed <a definitive organ>


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