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definitive

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1 being the most accurate and apparently thorough
  • the definitive work on the attack on Pearl Harbor

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3 so clearly expressed as to leave no doubt about the meaning
  • the insurance company's definitive statement on the types of surgical operations that are covered

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4 constituting, serving as, or worthy of being a pattern to be imitated
  • Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade is often cited as the definitive hard-boiled private detective

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How is the word definitive different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of definitive are conclusive, decisive, and determinative. While all these words mean "bringing to an end," definitive applies to what is put forth as final and permanent.

the definitive biography

When is it sensible to use conclusive instead of definitive?

In some situations, the words conclusive and definitive are roughly equivalent. However, conclusive applies to reasoning or logical proof that puts an end to debate or questioning.

conclusive evidence

When is decisive a more appropriate choice than definitive?

The synonyms decisive and definitive are sometimes interchangeable, but decisive may apply to something that ends a controversy, a contest, or any uncertainty.

a decisive battle

When can determinative be used instead of definitive?

The meanings of determinative and definitive largely overlap; however, determinative adds an implication of giving a fixed character or direction.

the determinative factor in the court's decision

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The first known use of definitive was in the 14th century

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“Definitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/definitive. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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