adjective Date: 1536 1. of, relating to, or being a conclusion 2. putting an end to debate or question especially by reason of irrefutabilityconclusively adverbconclusiveness noun Synonyms: conclusive, decisive, determinative, definitive mean bringing to an end. conclusive applies to reasoning or logical proof that puts an end to debate or questioning <
conclusive evidence
. decisive may apply to something that ends a controversy, a contest, or any uncertainty <
a decisive battle
. determinative adds an implication of giving a fixed character or direction <
the determinative factor in the court's decision
. definitive applies to what is put forth as final and permanent <
the definitive biography

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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