[ dih-fin-i-tiv ]
/ dɪˈfɪn ɪ tɪv /
most reliable or complete, as of a text, author, criticism, study, or the like: the definitive biography of Andrew Jackson.
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.
Biology. fully developed or formed; complete.
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Origin of definitive
OTHER WORDS FROM definitive
de·fin·i·tive·ly, adverbde·fin·i·tive·ness, nounnon·de·fin·i·tive, adjectivenon·de·fin·i·tive·ly, adverb
non·de·fin·i·tive·ness, nounun·de·fin·i·tive, adjectiveun·de·fin·i·tive·ly, adverbun·de·fin·i·tive·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH definitivedefinite, definitive .
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British Dictionary definitions for definitive
/ (dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv) /
serving to decide or settle finally; conclusive
most reliable, complete, or authoritativethe definitive reading of a text
serving to define or outline
zoology fully developed; completethe definitive form of a parasite
- (of postage stamps) permanently on sale
- (as noun) a definitive postage stamp
grammar a word indicating specificity of reference, such as the definite article or a demonstrative adjective or pronoun
Derived forms of definitivedefinitively, adverbdefinitiveness, noun
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