Origin of conclusiveLate Latin conclusivus from past participle of Classical Latin concludere, conclude
If there is debate over life on other planets and an alien shows up and tells everyone on earth that there is life on other planets, this visit is an example of conclusive evidence of life on other planets.
(comparative more conclusive, superlative most conclusive)
- The x-rays were conclusive and indicated a bad infection in the lower lobe of one lung.
- Conclusive evidence, however, has not yet been adduced to prove this point.
- As to the question of sexual virtue and morality in Japan, grounds for a conclusive verdict are hard to find.
- From the traces of a Roman road between Nantwich and Middlewich, and the various Roman remains that have been found in the neighbourhood, it has been conjectured that Nantwich was a salttown in Roman times, but of this there is no conclusive evidence.
- In determining fungi no single character must be relied upon as conclusive, but all the characters must be taken together.