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Conclusive; ending all controversy and discussion in a lawsuit.

That which is definitive is capable of finally and completely settling a legal question or action.

A definitive judgment is final and not provisional; a definitive sentence mandates imprisonment for a certain specified period of time.


adjective absolute, accurate, ascertained, authentic, authenticated, authoritative, beyond a doubt, beeond all dispute, closing, complete, completed, conclusive, conclusory, confirmative, consummate, crowning, decided, decisive, definite, determinate, determinative, exact, exhaustive, final, fixed, incontestable, indisputable, indubitable, irrefutable, last, most complete, most precise, perfect, supreme, terminational, terminative, thorough, ultimate, unassailable, uncontested, undeniable, undisputed, undoubted, unimpeachable, without doubt, without question
Associated concepts: definitive decree, definitive judgment, definitive order
See also: absolute, categorical, certain, clear, cogent, complete, conclusive, crucial, decisive, descriptive, determinative, dogmatic, extreme, factual, final, inappealable, interpretive, last, thorough

DEFINITIVE. That which terminates a suit a definitive sentence or judgment is put in opposition to an interlocutory judgment; final. (q.v.)

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