from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Precisely defined or explicit.
  • adj. Supplying or being a final settlement or decision; conclusive. See Synonyms at decisive.
  • adj. Authoritative and complete: a definitive biography. See Usage Note at definite.
  • adj. Biology Fully formed or developed, as an organ or structure.
  • n. Grammar A word that defines or limits, such as the definite article or a demonstrative pronoun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. explicitly defined
  • adj. conclusive or decisive
  • adj. definite, authoritative and complete
  • adj. general, not issued for commemorative purposes
  • n. a word, such as a definite article or demonstrative pronoun, that defines or limits something
  • n. an ordinary postage stamp that is part of a series of all denominations or is reprinted as needed to meet demand

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Determinate; positive; final; conclusive; unconditional; express.
  • adj. Limiting; determining.
  • adj. Determined; resolved.
  • n. A word used to define or limit the extent of the signification of a common noun, such as the definite article, and some pronouns.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Limiting the extent; determinate; positive; express: as, a definitive term.
  • Ending; determining; final; conclusive: opposed to conditional, provisional, or interlocutory.
  • Specifically— In biology, completely formed; fixed and finished: opposed to primitive or formative: as, the definitive aorta; a definitive anus.
  • In logic, applied to a judgment which is accompanied by a full assent of the mind.
  • In metaphysics, having position without occupying space.
  • n. In grammar, a defining or limiting word, as an article, a demonstrative, or the like.
  • To make definite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. clearly defined or formulated
  • adj. of recognized authority or excellence
  • adj. supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement


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