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Related to definitive: definitive care
reliable; complete: the definitive works of Shakespeare; satisfying all criteria: a definitive scientific study; absolute, ultimate, supreme
Not to be confused with:
definite – precise; exact; positive; certain: a definite decision; specific: a definite time; particular; well-defined
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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.
1. Grammar A word that defines or limits, such as the definite article or a demonstrative pronoun.
2. A definitive postage stamp.
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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.
a. (of postage stamps) permanently on sale
b. (as noun) a definitive postage stamp
(Grammar) grammar a word indicating specificity of reference, such as the definite article or a demonstrative adjective or pronoun
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de•fin•i•tive(dɪˈfɪn ɪ tɪv)
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]
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|Adj.||1.||definitive - clearly defined or formulated; "the plain and unequivocal language of the laws"- R.B.Taney|
|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"
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1. final, convincing, absolute, clinching, decisive, definite, conclusive, irrefutable No one has come up with a definitive answer to that question.
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definitive[dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv] ADJ → definitivo
it is the definitive work on Mahler → es la obra más autorizada sobre Mahler
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
definitive[dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv] adj [answer, judgement, test, book] → définitif/ive
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adj (= decisive) victory, answer → entschieden; (= authoritative) book → maßgeblich (on für); (= defining) term → beschreibend; definitive laws → Rahmengesetze pl
n (= stamp) → Briefmarke f → einer Dauerserie
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
definitive[dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv] adj → definitivo/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a. definitivo; determinado;
___ diagnosis → diagnóstico ___.
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