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Definition putting an end to doubt or question
  • conclusive proof
  • the evidence is conclusive
  • "Well," he said conclusively, "however much you pray it doesn't shorten your stretch.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • 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
  • At length, as he mounted a low ridge, Fairdale lay bright and green before him not far away, and the sight was a conclusive check.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • I felt I had come to the end of my trouble and hankering, and it was conclusive.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The aged Fiers, in my conclusive opinion, isn't worth mending; his forefathers had better have him.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • With an air of having settled that point conclusively he turned his attention elsewhere.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Before long the matching would be done and they would know conclusively if Kemp had been the one who had turned the downstairs floor upside down.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Considered as testimony, what you've said is sure important an' conclusive.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • The ship at J-City is the only one I can see; the other landings I conclusively infer from the ballistics shown by blip tracks.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • But when Kara ran in, Raison insisted the results weren't conclusive.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • 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
  • —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
  • "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
  • "You'll understand if you try hard enough," he said conclusively.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Investigators argued that it would be difficult to prove "conclusively" that Peterson had "willfully" lied.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Then, impulsively and conclusively, she threw both arms about his neck and, pulling his head down, kissed him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy

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