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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conclusively adverb
conclusiveness noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But data is not conclusive, as a similar number of studies have found no benefits in patients taking the fruit either as a complement to traditional drugs or as a stand-alone therapy. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "Four plants that are scientifically proven to be therapeutic," 25 Jan. 2021 That means Congress must, by law, treat election results certified by the states as conclusive. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Crybaby Trump has gone ‘coup-coup’ and GOP nods along. Call it what it is: Crazy, stupid and dangerous.," 9 Dec. 2020 My years-long quest for answers has led me to warehouses and message boards, but ultimately, nowhere conclusive. Noelle Mateer, Wired, "Linkin Park T-Shirts Are All the Rage in China," 9 July 2020 However, the second group included only 2,741 people — too few to be conclusive. Danica Kirka And Mike Corder, chicagotribune.com, "Britain becomes first country to approve AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine," 30 Dec. 2020 However, the second group included only 2,741 people – too few to be conclusive. Danica Kirka, USA TODAY, "UK approves use of 2nd COVID-19 vaccine with easier storage," 30 Dec. 2020 But most studies on the spread of COVID‑19 in schools were neither large in scope nor well-designed enough to be conclusive. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How Science Beat the Virus," 17 Dec. 2020 The committee was careful to avoid saying its report was conclusive. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US diplomats’ brain injuries may be from covert microwave attack, experts say," 10 Dec. 2020 But even after decades of toil and a tour-de-force measurement, the evidence is not conclusive. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "We still don’t really know what’s inside the sun—but that could change very soon," 30 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conclusive. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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
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