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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Dr Patricio Bustos, who directs Chile's Medical Legal Service, announced the autopsy results, which he described as definitive.
If a disarmament and the group's dissolution were fully implemented, ETA's move—which it referred to as a "definitive" halt to armed activity, rather than a cease-fire—would represent a milestone in Spanish history.
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FEYERICK (on camera): The Commission hopes to provide what it calls the definitive account of 9/11 and ways to save even more lives if a terror attack should happen again.
Dr. Patricio Bustos, who directs Chile's Medical Legal Service, announced the autopsy results, which he described as definitive.
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Whether or not we perceive the anthology in question as trying to be broad or otherwise definitive, is on us.