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adjective de·fin·i·tive \di-ˈfi-nə-tiv\

Definition of definitive

  1. 1 :  serving to provide a final solution or to end a situation <a definitive victory> <could not give a definitive diagnosis>

  2. 2 :  authoritative and apparently exhaustive <a definitive critical biography>

  3. 3a :  serving to define or specify precisely <established definitive guidelines for sentencing criminals>b :  serving as a perfect example :  quintessential <a definitive bourgeois> <A slow race is the definitive Leechfield competition. You win it by coming in last. — Mary Karr>

  4. 4 biology :  fully differentiated or developed <a definitive organ>

  5. 5 of a postage stamp :  issued as a regular stamp for the country or territory in which it is to be used

definitively

adverb

definitiveness

noun

Examples of definitive in a sentence

  1. We need a definitive answer to this question.

  2. The court has issued a definitive ruling.

  3. a definitive collection of the band's albums

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Something definitive is complete and final. A definitive example is the perfect example. A definitive answer is usually a strong yes or no. A definitive biography contains everything we'll ever need to know about someone. Ella Fitzgerald's famous 1950s recordings of American songs have even been called definitive--but no one ever wanted them to be the last.

Origin and Etymology of definitive

Middle English diffinityf, from Anglo-French diffinitive, from Latin definitivus, from definitus —see definite


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of definitive

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>.

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noun de·fin·i·tive

Definition of definitive

  1. :  a postage stamp issued as a regular stamp for the country or territory in which it is to be used :  a definitive (see 1definitive 5) postage stamp — compare provisional

Origin and Etymology of definitive

see 1definitive


First Known Use: 1951


DEFINITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective de·fin·i·tive \di-ˈfi-nə-tiv\

Definition of definitive for English Language Learners

  • : not able to be argued about or changed : final and settled

  • : complete, accurate, and considered to be the best of its kind


Medical Dictionary

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adjective de·fin·i·tive \di-ˈfin-ət-iv\

Medical Definition of definitive

  1. :  fully differentiated or developed <a definitive organ>



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