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Definition best possible, final, or definite (beyond question)

Much less commonly, definitive can describe something that defines or distinguishes a category, as in "The definitive characteristic of news is newness," or "Is there a single trait that is definitive of addictive personality disorder?"

Even more rarely, definitive can refer to a standard postage stamp. See a comprehensive dictionary for specializes senses in biology and grammar.
  • I have only a tentative answer, but will be definitive next week.
definitive = final
  • It is the definitive book on selecting a college.
  • definitive = best possible
  • No definitive proof has been offered.
  • definitive = definite (beyond question)
  • If a few jurors have doubts and try to convince the others that guilt has not been proven definitively, we have a chance.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • definitively = in a manner that is definite or beyond question
  • 'The Eleventh Edition is the definitive edition,' he said.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • definitive = best possible
  • At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled—
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • definitively = settled in a manner that is definite and final
  • They nodded silently, weighed down by the word definitively, as though guilt had been proven, just not absolutely.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • definitively = in a manner that is definite or beyond question
  • Sometimes seeing testimony in black and white makes it more definitive to the jurors.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • definitive = definite (beyond question)
  • We were producing a definitive edition of the poems of Kipling.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • definitive = best and most respected
  • None of the three super-states could be definitively conquered even by the other two in combination.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • definitively = in a manner that ends all question
  • And a few cubicles away a mild, ineffectual, dreamy creature named Ampleforth, with very hairy ears and a surprising talent for juggling with rhymes and metres, was engaged in producing garbled versions — definitive texts, they were called — of poems which had become ideologically offensive, but which for one reason or another were to be retained in the anthologies.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • definitive = authoritative ("the best possible, real versions")
  • Without definitive solutions, it's easy to throw blame.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • There are no cars on the road, and in the pause I hear it sharply, definitively: "Samantha Emily Kingston!"
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • As a reminder, the list of paintings that are definitively being offered today can be found on pages thirty-four through ninety-six of the catalog.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Never crave him; we are definitive.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • For the definitive history of informed consent, see Ruth Faden and Tom Beauchamp's A History and Theory of Informed Consent.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • With the help of your x-ray vision, maybe you can definitively diagnose—
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • 'That's hardly definitive, is it?'
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • I asked as Jamie took another definitive step backward from Mr. Cross, lifting his hand.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • "Now we come to the definitive battle," the Director said into the loudspeaker.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

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