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  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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)… …

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  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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… …

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  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 definitive — de|fin|i|tive [dıˈfınıtıv] adj 1.) [usually before noun] a definitive book, description etc is considered to be the best and cannot be improved definitive study/work/guide etc ▪ the definitive study of Victorian railway stations 2.) a definitive… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 definitive — [[t]dɪfɪ̱nɪtɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is definitive provides a firm conclusion that cannot be questioned. No one has come up with a definitive answer as to why this should be so... There is no definitive test as yet for the… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 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… …

    Modern English usage

  • 15 definitive — definitively, adv. definitiveness, n. /di fin i tiv/, adj. 1. most reliable or complete, as of a text, author, criticism, study, or the like: the definitive biography of Andrew Jackson. 2. serving to define, fix, or specify definitely: to clarify …

    Universalium

  • 16 definitive — de|fin|i|tive [ dı fınətıv ] adjective usually before noun * 1. ) better than all others: This little book is the definitive travel guide to Moscow. 2. ) certain and unlikely to change: Doctors have now been able to make a definitive diagnosis. a …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 definitive — adjective 1 (usually before noun) a definitive book, study of something etc is considered to be the best ever produced and cannot be improved: She has written the definitive book on the poet Wordsworth. 2 a definitive statement, verdict etc will… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 definitive */ — UK [dɪˈfɪnətɪv] / US adjective [usually before noun] 1) better than all others This little book is the definitive travel guide to Moscow. 2) certain and unlikely to change Doctors have now been able to make a definitive diagnosis. a definitive… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 definitive — /dəˈfɪnətɪv / (say duh finuhtiv) adjective 1. having the function of deciding or settling; determining; conclusive; final: a definitive work on the subject. 2. serving to fix or specify definitely: a definitive moment in one s life. 3. having its …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 definitive — adjective 1) a definitive decision Syn: conclusive, final, ultimate; unconditional, unqualified, absolute, categorical, positive, definite 2) the definitive guide Syn: authoritative, exhaustive …

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