definitive

definite, definitive
both refer to things that are said or written. Definite means ‘clear and distinct’, (as in definite advantage, improvement, possibility, etc.) whereas definitive means ‘decisive, unconditional, final’ and normally refers to an answer, verdict, treaty, etc. A definitive text, book, etc., is a printed work that is regarded as the best authority on its subject and likely to remain so. Only definitive has connotations of authority and conclusiveness: a definite answer is one that is clear and specific, whereas a definitive answer is authoritative and dependable.

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  • définitive — ● définitive nom féminin En définitive, tout bien considéré ; après tout, en fin de compte : En définitive, où voulez vous en venir ? ● définitive (difficultés) nom féminin Emploi La locution en définitive est seule correcte. Recommandation… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • definitive — I adjective absolute, accurate, ascertained, authentic, authenticated, authoritative, beyond a doubt, beyond all dispute, closing, complete, completed, conclusive, conclusory, confirmative, consummate, crowning, decided, decisive, definite,… …   Law dictionary

  • definitive — [dē fin′ə tiv, difin′ə tiv] adj. [ME diffinitif < OFr definitif < L definitivus < pp. of definire, DEFINE] 1. that decides or settles in a final way; decisive; conclusive [a definitive answer] 2. most nearly complete and accurate;… …   English World dictionary

  • Definitive — De*fin i*tive, a. [L. definitivus: cf. F. d[ e]finitif.] 1. Determinate; positive; final; conclusive; unconditional; express. [1913 Webster] A strict and definitive truth. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] Some definitive . . . scheme of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Definitive — may refer to: Definitive (TV series), an American music television series Definitive stamp, a postage stamp that is part of a regular issue of a country s stamps available for sale by the postal service See also Definiteness (disambiguation)… …   Wikipedia

  • definitive — late 14c., from O.Fr. definitif (12c.), from L. definitivus explanatory, definitive, from pp. stem of definire (see DEFINE (Cf. define)). Related: Definitively …   Etymology dictionary

  • definitive — 1 determinative, decisive, *conclusive Analogous words: settling, deciding, determining (see DECIDE): final, concluding, *last, terminal, ultimate Antonyms: tentative, provisional 2 *definite Ana, Ant see those at DEFINITIVE …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Definitive — De*fin i*tive, n. (Gram.) A word used to define or limit the extent of the signification of a common noun, such as the definite article, and some pronouns. [1913 Webster] Note: Definitives . . . are commonly called by grammarians articles. . . .… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • definitive — [adj] authoritative absolute, actual, categorical, clear cut, closing, complete, completing, concluding, conclusive, decisive, definite, determining, downright*, ending, exhaustive, express, final, finishing, flat out*, last, limiting, nailed… …   New thesaurus

  • definitive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a conclusion or agreement) decisive and with authority. 2) (of a book or other text) the most authoritative of its kind. 3) (of a postage stamp) for general use, not special or commemorative. DERIVATIVES definitively adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • definitive — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English diffinityf, from Anglo French diffinitive, from Latin definitivus, from definitus Date: 14th century 1. serving to provide a final solution or to end a situation < a definitive victory > 2. authoritative and …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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