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 The country celebration was conclusive proof — not that it was ever really needed — of just how popular Kate really is in her hometown. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "The Ultimate Royal Wedding Moments, as Chosen by PEOPLE Staff," 11 Sep. 2020 While there's still no conclusive data this works for COVID-19, some are optimistic about the early, anecdotal results. Kate Wells, Detroit Free Press, "Despite FDA delay, Michigan to keep using convalescent plasma for COVID-19," 22 Aug. 2020 There is no conclusive evidence that any bullets fired from Detective Hankison's weapon struck Miss Taylor. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Read what Daniel Cameron said about the grand jury's findings in the Breonna Taylor case," 23 Sep. 2020 Cameron said there was no conclusive evidence that any of Hankison’s shots hit Taylor. Dylan Lovan, chicagotribune.com, "Breonna Taylor grand jury proceedings released, a rarity," 2 Oct. 2020 Cameron said there was no conclusive evidence that any of Hankison's shots hit Taylor. Arkansas Online, "In rare move, Breonna Taylor grand jury proceedings released," 2 Oct. 2020 The attorney general has also said there is no conclusive evidence that Hankison’s bullets struck Taylor. Washington Post, "Questions are mounting over the Breonna Taylor charges. Here’s what people want to know.," 28 Sep. 2020 Cameron also said there was no conclusive evidence that any of Hankison's 10 gunshots hit Taylor inside her home. Dylan Lovan, Star Tribune, "Q&A: What were the results of Breonna Taylor investigation?," 24 Sep. 2020 At the time, there wasn't conclusive evidence from clinical studies of Avigan's effectiveness in treating COVID-19. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Fujifilm seeks government approval for a COVID-19 treatment that is said to speed up recovery," 23 Sep. 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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The first known use of conclusive was in 1536

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21 Oct 2020

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“Conclusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conclusive. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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conclusive

adjective
How to pronounce conclusive (audio)

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

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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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