conclusive

adjective
con·​clu·​sive | \ kən-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce conclusive (audio) , -ziv\

Definition of conclusive

1 : of, relating to, or being a conclusion
2 : putting an end to debate or question especially by reason of irrefutability The results were not conclusive.

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Other Words from conclusive

conclusively adverb
conclusiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for conclusive

Synonyms

absolute, clear, deciding, decisive, definitive, last

Antonyms

inconclusive, indecisive, unclear

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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

Examples of conclusive in a Sentence

the archeological discovery was conclusive proof that the Vikings had indeed settled in North America around 1000 A.D. a conclusive argument for allowing the students to put on a play of their own choosing

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However, the body of the youngest Hart daughter, Sierra, was not recovered until two weeks later and was too decomposed to determine a conclusive cause of death. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Sarah Hart Was ‘Intoxicated’: Everything We’ve Learned So Far About the Hart Family From the Coroner’s Inquest," 5 Apr. 2019 There’s no convincing or conclusive scientific evidence to prove that all MTHFR variations are linked to health issues. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "Why You Don't Actually Need to Test for MTHFR Gene Variants," 18 Mar. 2019 In July 2017, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow, who remains on the President's legal team, was conclusive about his boss's role in the crafting of that statement from Don Jr. -- which insisted the meeting had primarily been about adoption policies. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The White House just got caught in a lie about the infamous Trump Tower meeting," 4 June 2018 There isn't conclusive evidence at this point that CWD could have an impact on humans. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About So-Called 'Zombie' Deer Disease," 20 Feb. 2019 The genetic material was not a match, but there were enough similarities that investigators got a second sample, which proved conclusive. Don Thompson And Brian Melley, Fox News, "Accused serial rapist and killer undetected working as cop," 26 Apr. 2018 The genetic material was not a match, but there were enough similarities that investigators got a second sample, which proved conclusive. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Suspected "Golden State Killer" known to neighbors as quiet suburban homeowner," 26 Apr. 2018 Academic researchers have analyzed information from other social media platforms such as Twitter, where data is more accessible, and a few have found indications of Russian activity but not conclusive evidence. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Facebook to Take Broader Look at Possible Russian Role in Brexit Vote," 17 Jan. 2018 About 85 percent of patients’ reasons were supported by substantial or conclusive evidence in the National Academies report. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of conclusive

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conclusive

see conclude

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conclusive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of conclusive

: showing that something is certainly true

conclusive

adjective
con·​clu·​sive | \ kən-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce conclusive (audio) \

Kids Definition of conclusive

: decisive sense 1 Police found conclusive evidence.

Other Words from conclusive

conclusively adverb This conclusively proves her innocence.

conclusive

adjective
con·​clu·​sive

Legal Definition of conclusive

1 : of, relating to, or being a conclusion
2 : putting an end to debate or question especially by reason of inability to be refuted

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conclusively adverb
conclusiveness noun

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