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conclusive proof
  putting an end to doubt or question
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conclusive conclusively conclusiveness
Strongly Associated with:   inconclusive
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  • conclusive proof
  • the evidence is conclusive
  • That sounds very conclusive.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • A review of the other factors set out above does not provide conclusive evidence that the witness, Ralph Meyers, perjured himself at the original trial.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • While not absolutely conclusive as far as wolves were concerned, evidence that my metabolic functions remained unimpaired under a mouse regimen would strongly indicate that wolves, too, could survive and function normally on the same diet.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • When we reported back to the Vice Chancellor there was no way to gather conclusive evidence without human studies, we thought he understood it was a dead end.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • But the fastest boys are greyhounds, harvested from all over the nation for their speed and eagerness to obey, and they seem to Werner to be running more fervently, more conclusively, than they have before.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Both of them proved their cases conclusively.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I was silent for a long moment, trying to absorb as best I could all this information which validated so conclusively the misgivings I had had about Nathan—misgivings and suspicions which up until now I had successfully repressed.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Standing there, he looked uncertain, as if he were on the verge of rushing in with some much more heated apology or outburst, but the silence that hung between us had a decidedly conclusive air, and he shoved his hands in his pockets.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • It is, nevertheless, conclusive to my mind.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The point about the signature is very suggestive—in fact, we may call it conclusive.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The words surprised Sophie, and yet they hardly seemed conclusive.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "I demonstrated conclusively this morning," began Kemp, "that invisibility—"
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • And the catheads had sat down on themselves with the conclusiveness of a fat woman sitting in an easy chair.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • That is not conclusive, because some people do certain actions with the right hand and others with the left.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • With an air of having settled that point conclusively he turned his attention elsewhere.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Nothing conclusive.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The event proved conclusively that he had been a fool to imagine Roark a dangerous rival; at one time, he had worried about Roark more than about Shlinker, even though Roark was two years younger and one class below him.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The sign of the Death Hallows on Ignotus’s grave is conclusive proof!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Earlier in the evening Sam had confirmed that the photograph of the unknown hiker faxed down from Alaska was indeed Chris, but the coroner in Fairbanks required Chris’s dental records to make a conclusive identification.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Zeena took the view that Mattie was bound to make the best of Starkfield since she hadn’t any other place to go to; but this did not strike Ethan as conclusive.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • The jewel-case is a conclusive proof that he did stand there….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The response which bore upon the name of the street and not upon the street itself, appeared to Marius to be more conclusive than it really was.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "I’m not hankering to be the man that lays hands on you while he’s around," Pete announced conclusively, nodding his head toward Buck.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • He then had it returned and obtained another—a most instructive incident, since it proved conclusively to my mind that we were dealing with a real hound, as no other supposition could explain this anxiety to obtain an old boot and this indifference to a new one.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • She said, her voice strained with the effort of trying to force understanding, "I will submit to you all the information necessary to form a conclusive judgment."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It’s been proved conclusively in every field.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • And I think that his performance after the voting furor today is as conclusive an indication as we can have of what to expect in the future.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • "Image-density analysis was conclusive," Nola said.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • This conclusive observation appeared to dissipate all the doubts of Gringoire and the other sceptics in the audience.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • ’Yeah… yeah, that’ll be it,’ said Ron, sounding reassured, but Hermione bit her lip, looking up and down the staff table as though hoping for some conclusive explanation of Hagrid’s absence.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • To keep from acknowledging that horrible—but oh, if it were true, so blatant so perfect so conclusive as evidence—thought, they remembered what I wore that day, remembered what I carried, the Frito Bandito eraser I prized, the David Cassidy button I’d pinned inside my bag, the David Bowie one I had pinned on the outside.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Mami shakes her head conclusively.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • I have had to do business with him, ’positively and conclusively.’
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • And in proof of the conclusiveness of his opinion all the wrinkles vanished from his face.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • At those times, I would decide conclusively that my disaffection to dear old Joe and the forge was gone, and that I was growing up in a fair way to be partners with Joe and to keep company with Biddy,—when all in a moment some confounding remembrance of the Havisham days would fall upon me like a destructive missile, and scatter my wits again.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Mrs. Bumble, seeing at a glance, that the decisive moment had now arrived, and that a blow struck for the mastership on one side or other, must necessarily be final and conclusive, no sooner heard this allusion to the dead and gone, than she dropped into a chair, and with a loud scream that Mr. Bumble was a hard-hearted brute, fell into a paroxysm of tears.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Thus, then, it is conclusive that to attempt things from which harm rather than advantage may come to us is the part of unreasoning and reckless minds, more especially when they are things which we are not forced or compelled to attempt, and which show from afar that it is plainly madness to attempt them.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "So be it!" said Henchard conclusively.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • —In pursuing these speculations, said the dean conclusively, there is, however, the danger of perishing of inanition.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • You said the bones would be conclusive!
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • The woman Baby Mkize is a most unsatisfactory witness, and while the prosecution, and the Counsel for the defence of the first accused, demonstrated this most clearly, neither was able to produce that conclusive proof that the murder had been discussed.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Nothing came of this incident at the time, for the truth is it did not seem conclusive enough to warrant any discussion.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Dede kept trying to call Minerva, but the line was truly, conclusively down, and the operator became annoyed.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • We have records of at least three letters to a friend in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that seem to prove conclusively that Mrs. White believed, from her fifth month on, that she had "a cancer of the womanly parts" and would soon join her husband in heaven….
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • You can have been personally acquainted with very few of a set of men you condemn so conclusively.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Still, he managed to find out that Fermina Daza had been invited to a Saturday dance a few days after their arrival in the city, and her father had not allowed her to go, with a conclusive: "Everything in due course."
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I felt I had come to the end of my trouble and hankering, and it was conclusive.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • My eighty-two years showed just as conclusively that we must all die in the end as if I had died as a schoolboy.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
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