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


absolute, clear, deciding, decisive, definitive, last


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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Officials haven’t found any conclusive evidence to suggest that an infectious illness is behind the cases, the agency added. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaping linked to 94 mysterious cases of severe lung disease in 14 states," 19 Aug. 2019 There is no conclusive evidence an infectious disease is causing the illnesses. Leada Gore |, al, "CDC investigates link between vaping, mysterious illness; cases reported in 15 states," 19 Aug. 2019 Rand found no conclusive evidence of an impact of background checks on mass shootings. Michael K. Mcintyre,, "Most Americans want action on guns: What do we know about what works?," 11 Aug. 2019 This has been shown to be happening in other watersheds, though there is not yet conclusive evidence from the Amazon. Clearances also lead to local drying. The Economist, "The Amazon is approaching an irreversible tipping point," 1 Aug. 2019 Still, the odds of finding conclusive evidence are long. National Geographic, "Robert Ballard found the Titanic. Can he find Amelia Earhart’s airplane?," 23 July 2019 In congruence with typical replay reviews, conclusive visual evidence is required to overturn a call on the floor. Jake Fischer,, "Coach's Challenges Are Coming: Is the NBA Ready?," 10 July 2019 In other words, the science is far from conclusive. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "Filling the Void: What Is Dark Matter?," 28 May 2019 Narratologists will try a different tack, asking how conclusive the trilogy really was. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Toy Story 4” Plays It Again," 21 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of conclusive

: showing that something is certainly true


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.



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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