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definitive

[dih-fin-i-tiv] /dɪˈfɪn ɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
most reliable or complete, as of a text, author, criticism, study, or the like:
the definitive biography of Andrew Jackson.
2.
serving to define, fix, or specify definitely:
to clarify with a definitive statement.
3.
having its fixed and final form; providing a solution or final answer; satisfying all criteria:
the definitive treatment for an infection; a definitive answer to a dilemma.
4.
Biology. fully developed or formed; complete.
noun
5.
a defining or limiting word, as an article, a demonstrative, or the like.
6.
Philately. a stamp that is a regular issue and is usually on sale for an extended period of time.
Compare commemorative (def 2).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French < Latin dēfīnītīvus, equivalent to dēfīnīt(us) (see definite) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
definitively, adverb
definitiveness, noun
nondefinitive, adjective
nondefinitively, adverb
nondefinitiveness, noun
undefinitive, adjective
undefinitively, adverb
undefinitiveness, noun
Can be confused
definite, definitive.
Synonyms
3. complete, absolute, ultimate, supreme.
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Examples from the web for definitiveness
  • The studies varied in terms of the rigor and definitiveness of their methodologies.
  • These articles varied in terms of the rigor and definitiveness of their methodologies.
  • People may have an inherent tendency to view published information with undue authority or definitiveness.
  • The witness's lack of definitiveness is for the jury to evaluate.
British Dictionary definitions for definitiveness

definitive

/dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to decide or settle finally; conclusive
2.
most reliable, complete, or authoritative: the definitive reading of a text
3.
serving to define or outline
4.
(zoology) fully developed; complete: the definitive form of a parasite
5.
  1. (of postage stamps) permanently on sale
  2. (as noun) a definitive postage stamp
noun
6.
(grammar) a word indicating specificity of reference, such as the definite article or a demonstrative adjective or pronoun
Derived Forms
definitively, adverb
definitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for definitiveness

definitive

adj.

late 14c., from Old French definitif (12c.), from Latin definitivus "explanatory, definitive," from past participle stem of definire (see define). Related: Definitively.

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