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conclusive

[kuh n-kloo-siv] /kənˈklu sɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to settle or decide a question; decisive; convincing:
conclusive evidence.
2.
tending to terminate; closing.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Late Latin conclūsīvus, equivalent to Latin conclūs(us) (past participle of conclūdere to conclude; see conclusion) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
conclusively, adverb
conclusiveness, noun
nonconclusive, adjective
nonconclusively, adverb
nonconclusiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. definitive, determining.
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British Dictionary definitions for conclusively

conclusive

/kənˈkluːsɪv/
adjective
1.
putting an end to doubt; decisive; final
2.
approaching or involving an end or conclusion
Derived Forms
conclusively, adverb
conclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for conclusively
adv.

1550s, "in conclusion," from conclusive + -ly (2). Meaning "decisively" is recorded from 1748.

conclusive

adj.

1610s, "occurring at the end," from French conclusif, from Late Latin conclusivus, from conclus-, past participle stem of concludere (see conclude). Meaning "definitive, decisive, convincing" (putting an end to debate) is from 1640s. Related: Conclusiveness.

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