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de·fin·i·tive

 (dĭ-fĭn′ĭ-tĭv)
adj.
1. Serving to define or identify as distinct from others: "The Enlightenment pushed this project further trying to make science and its hallmark method definitive of the rational life" (Peter Machamer).
2. Supplying or being a final settlement or decision; conclusive: "The fall of the city Constantine had founded marked the definitive end of the Christian Eastern Empire" (James Carroll). See Synonyms at decisive.
3. Authoritative and complete: a definitive biography. See Usage Note at definite.
4. Mass produced in indefinite quantities over an indefinite period of time. Used of postage stamps.
5. Biology Fully formed or developed, as an organ or structure.
n.
1. Grammar A word that defines or limits, such as the definite article or a demonstrative pronoun.
2. A definitive postage stamp.

de·fin′i·tive·ly adv.
de·fin′i·tive·ness n.

definitive

(dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv)
adj
1. serving to decide or settle finally; conclusive
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) most reliable, complete, or authoritative: the definitive reading of a text.
3. serving to define or outline
4. (Zoology) zoology fully developed; complete: the definitive form of a parasite.
5. (Philately)
a. (of postage stamps) permanently on sale
b. (as noun) a definitive postage stamp
n
(Grammar) grammar a word indicating specificity of reference, such as the definite article or a demonstrative adjective or pronoun
deˈfinitively adv
deˈfinitiveness n

de•fin•i•tive

(dɪˈfɪn ɪ tɪv)

adj.
1. most reliable or complete, as of a text, author, study, or the like.
2. serving to define or specify definitely: a definitive statement.
3. satisfying all criteria: the definitive treatment for an infection.
4. Biol. fully developed; complete.
n.
5. a postage stamp on sale for an extended period of time, usu. part of a set of similar design and differing denominations.
[1350–1400; < Old French < Latin]
de•fin′i•tive•ly, adv.
de•fin′i•tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.definitive - clearly defined or formulated; "the plain and unequivocal language of the laws"- R.B.Taney
explicit, expressed - precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication; "explicit instructions"; "she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes"
2.definitive - of recognized authority or excellence; "the definitive work on Greece"; "classical methods of navigation"
standard - established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence; "a standard reference work"; "the classical argument between free trade and protectionism"
3.definitive - supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement; "a definitive verdict"; "a determinate answer to the problem"
conclusive - forming an end or termination; especially putting an end to doubt or question; "conclusive proof"; "the evidence is conclusive"

definitive

adjective
1. final, convincing, absolute, clinching, decisive, definite, conclusive, irrefutable No one has come up with a definitive answer to that question.
2. authoritative, greatest, ultimate, reliable, most significant, exhaustive, superlative, mother of all (informal) It is still the definitive book on the islands.

definitive

adjective
Serving the function of deciding or settling with finality:
Translations

definitive

[dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv] ADJdefinitivo
it is the definitive work on Mahleres la obra más autorizada sobre Mahler

definitive

[dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv] adj [answer, judgement, test, book] → définitif/ive

definitive

adj (= decisive) victory, answerentschieden; (= authoritative) bookmaßgeblich (on für); (= defining) termbeschreibend; definitive lawsRahmengesetze pl
n (= stamp)Briefmarke feiner Dauerserie

definitive

[dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv] adjdefinitivo/a

de·fin·i·tive

a. definitivo; determinado;
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adj definitivo
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