Adjective "definitive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a conclusion or agreement) done or reached decisively and with authority.
  1. 'This procedure is considered the gold standard for definitive diagnosis of lesions.'
  2. 'I want this case brought to a definitive conclusion.'
  3. 'Patients usually present to their general practitioner but a definitive diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction can only be achieved by cardiac imaging.'
  4. 'In a statement released on Sunday the company confirmed it had reached definitive agreement to sell the company to three private equity groups.'
  5. 'The companies expect to enter into a definitive agreement within 60 days.'
  6. 'We do not believe that definitive conclusions can be reached on so obviously inadequate an evidentiary record.'
  7. 'He added: ‘It is far too early to reach any definitive conclusions and, in some areas, we may never reach that goal.’'
  8. 'The definitive agreement for the acquisition was announced December 8, 2004.'
  9. 'We expect, and demand, that the authorities do all within their power to put a definitive end to this utterly indefensible action.'
  10. 'The number of flood defence committees is also to be drastically reduced, scrapping all local committees and establishing a definitive list of regional committees.'
  11. 'Linda Lear is author of the definitive biography of Rachel Carson.'
  12. 'There is currently no widely accepted, concise, definitive list of key health education journals.'
  13. 'Is that really the tiny study where Noah Webster penned his definitive dictionary?'
  14. 'Although the revelation was complete before the death of Muhammad in 632, the tradition tells us that he did not himself assemble the material into a definitive text.'
  15. 'Despite its noble remit, and the broad range of material which must have been available, this is not a definitive anthology in terms of calibre.'
  16. 'Will this be the definitive list of top ten songs?'
  17. 'In 1924, he published his definitive volume, The Pipe Book, still an invaluable reference tool for tobacco historians today.'
  18. 'One hopes that this is just the first edition of what will become the definitive textbook in the field.'
  19. 'I always planned to write a definitive article about him and never did (which was one reason why, twenty years later, I did the encyclopedia entry on him).'
(of a postage stamp) for general use and typically of standard design, not special or commemorative.
  1. 'Everyday stamps are called definitives, and are available continuously, being reprinted as necessary.'
  2. 'They only printed two billion of these definitive stamps, so hurry up while supplies last!'


A definitive postage stamp.
  1. 'The monarch, flag, maple leaf, and Parliament Building definitives are not included in this study.'



1. most reliable or complete, as of a text, author, criticism, study, or the like: the definitive biography of Andrew Jackson.

2. serving to define, fix, or specify definitely: to clarify with a definitive statement.

3. having its fixed and final form; providing a solution or final answer; satisfying all criteria: the definitive treatment for an infection; a definitive answer to a dilemma.

4. Biology. fully developed or formed; complete.


5. a defining or limiting

More examples(as adjective)

"results can be definitive as to things."

"volcanos can be definitive of eruptions."

"principles can be definitive in empires."

"borders can be definitive from dates."

"accounts can be definitive as people."

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Late Middle English: from Old French definitif, -ive, from Latin definitivus, from definit- ‘set within limits’, from the verb definire (see define).