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DEFINITIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does definitive mean? 

DEFINITIVE (adjective)
  The adjective DEFINITIVE has 3 senses:

1. clearly defined or formulated
2. of recognized authority or excellence
3. supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement

  Familiarity information: DEFINITIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFINITIVE (adjective)


Sense 1definitive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clearly defined or formulated

Synonyms:

definitive; unequivocal

Context example:

the plain and unequivocal language of the laws

Similar:

explicit; expressed (precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication)


Sense 2definitive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of recognized authority or excellence

Synonyms:

authoritative; classical; definitive

Context examples:

the definitive work on Greece / classical methods of navigation

Similar:

standard (established or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence)


Sense 3definitive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement

Synonyms:

definitive; determinate

Context examples:

a definitive verdict / a determinate answer to the problem

Similar:

conclusive (forming an end or termination; especially putting an end to doubt or question)


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