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Definitions for definitive
dɪˈfɪn ɪ tɪvde·fin·i·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. definitive, unequivocaladjective

    clearly defined or formulated

    "the plain and unequivocal language of the laws"- R.B.Taney

  2. authoritative, classical, classic, definitiveadjective

    of recognized authority or excellence

    "the definitive work on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation"

  3. definitive, determinateadjective

    supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement

    "a definitive verdict"; "a determinate answer to the problem"


  1. definitivenoun

    a word, such as a definite article or demonstrative pronoun, that defines or limits something

  2. definitivenoun

    an ordinary postage stamp that is part of a series of all denominations or is reprinted as needed to meet demand

  3. definitiveadjective

    explicitly defined

  4. definitiveadjective

    conclusive or decisive

  5. definitiveadjective

    definite, authoritative and complete

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Definitiveadjective

    Determinate; positive; express.

    Etymology: definitivus, Latin.

    Other authors write often dubiously, even in matters wherein is expected a strict and definitive truth. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Err.

    I make haste to the casting and comparting of the whole work, being indeed the very definitive sum of this art, to distribute usefully and gracefully a well chosen plot. Henry Wotton.


  1. definitive

    Definitive refers to something that is conclusive, final, or representing the most accurate, complete or authoritative form. It can relate to a decision, statement, action, or judgement that settles an issue conclusively and authoritatively. It can also refer to a work or publication that provides the most reliable and comprehensive information on a particular subject.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Definitiveadjective

    determinate; positive; final; conclusive; unconditional; express

  2. Definitiveadjective

    limiting; determining; as, a definitive word

  3. Definitiveadjective

    determined; resolved

  4. Definitivenoun

    a word used to define or limit the extent of the signification of a common noun, such as the definite article, and some pronouns

  5. Etymology: [L. definitivus: cf. F. dfinitif.]


  1. Definitive

    Definitive is the 2002 compilation album by INXS.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. definitive

    Conclusive; decisive.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of definitive in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of definitive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of definitive in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Pottinger:

    Even if we come up short with a definitive answer, what we're going to have is a foundation for additional revelations to come out from scientists around the world who are now going to be emboldened because they know that this is a priority of the United States.

  2. New York:

    The CDC's reporting supports what New York State's Wadsworth Center Lab has found in vape products tested since early September and reinforces the importance of the role that Vitamin E acetate may play in the current outbreak of vaping related illnesses, while no definitive cause has been found, as I've said from the very beginning : if you don't know what you are smoking, don't smoke it.

  3. Madison Cawthorn:

    I think this is a definitive roadmap … for my generation to reclaim our country, ... I believe that this is the plan the American people can really coalesce around because this is one that puts people first.

  4. Dirk Pfeiffer:

    You can only draw more definitive conclusions if you compare prevalence (of the coronavirus) between different species based on representative samples, which these almost certainly are not.

  5. President Francois Hollande:

    France wants a definitive agreement, but with a clear line: yes for Iran to have civilian nuclear power, but no to military nuclear power. We will be intransigent on this principle.

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