conclusive

adjective con·clu·sive \ kən-ˈklü-siv , -ziv \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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.

conclusively

adverb

conclusiveness

noun

Examples of conclusive in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of conclusive

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

CONCLUSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

conclusive

adjective

Definition of conclusive for English Language Learners

  • : showing that something is certainly true


CONCLUSIVE Defined for Kids

conclusive

adjective con·clu·sive \ kən-ˈklü-siv \

Definition of conclusive for Students

: decisive 1
  • Police found conclusive evidence.

conclusively

adverb
  • This conclusively proves her innocence.

Law Dictionary

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

conclusively

adverb

conclusiveness

noun


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