definitive Definition

  • 1(of a conclusion or agreement) done or reached decisively and with authority
  • 2supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement
  • 3(of a work such as a book or film) regarded as setting a standard for excellence in its field

Using definitive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "definitive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The definitive agreement was signed by both parties.

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    The court's ruling was definitive and could not be appealed.

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    This book is the definitive guide to birdwatching.

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    Her performance in the role was considered definitive.

definitive Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for definitive

Phrases with definitive

  • the word 'the', used before a noun to indicate that it refers to something specific


    In the sentence 'The cat sat on the mat', 'the' is the definitive article.

  • a map showing public rights of way, such as footpaths and bridleways


    The definitive map is maintained by the local council and is available to the public.

  • a postage stamp that is part of a regular issue and is intended for general use


    The definitive stamp features an image of the Queen.

Origins of definitive

from Old French 'definitif', from Latin 'definitivus', from 'definitus' meaning 'defined'


Summary: definitive in Brief

The term 'definitive' [dɪˈfɪnətɪv] describes a conclusion or agreement that is decisive and authoritative. It can also refer to a final or conclusive settlement, or a work that sets a standard for excellence in its field. Examples include 'The definitive agreement was signed by both parties.' and 'This book is the definitive guide to birdwatching.'

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