Definitive meaning

dĭ-fĭn'ĭ-tĭv
The definition of definitive is something that is settled in a final way or something that is authoritative.

An example of something that would be described as definitive is a conclusive decision made by an authority figure.

A use of the adjective definitive would be a definitive history book, which would be a complete history on a specific subject.

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Serving to define or identify as distinct from others.
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Supplying or being a final settlement or decision; conclusive.
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Mass produced in indefinite quantities over an indefinite period of time. Used of postage stamps.
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Fully formed or developed, as an organ or structure.
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A word that defines or limits, such as the definite article or a demonstrative pronoun.
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A definitive postage stamp.
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That decides or settles in a final way; decisive; conclusive.

A definitive answer.

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Most nearly complete and accurate; authoritative.

A definitive biography.

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Serving to define; limiting or distinguishing precisely.

Definitive details.

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Designating or of a postage stamp for regular use, issued for an unlimited period.
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A definitive postage stamp.
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Fully formed or developed, as an organ or structure.
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Limiting; determining.

A definitive word.

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(philately) General, not issued for commemorative purposes.
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(grammar) A word, such as a definite article or demonstrative pronoun, that defines or limits something.
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(philately) An ordinary postage stamp that is part of a series of all denominations or is reprinted as needed to meet demand.
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Authoritative and complete.

A definitive biography.

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Origin of definitive

From Middle French définitif