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Determinative; beyond dispute or question. That which is conclusive is manifest, clear, or obvious. It is a legal inference made so peremptorily that it cannot be overthrown or contradicted.

A conclusive presumption cannot be refuted; no evidence can rebut it, as in the presumption that a child who is below a certain age has a fundamental inability to consent to sexual relations.

Conclusive evidence is evidence that is either unquestionable because it is so clear and convincing or because the law precludes its contradiction. A death certificate is considered conclusive evidence that a person has died.


(Determinative), adjective absolute, apparent, ascertained, assured, categorical, certain, definite, demonstrated, evident, final, guaranteed, immutable, incommutable, incontestable, incontrovertible, indefeasible, indisputable, indubitable, infallible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irrepealable, irrevocable, mandatory, obligatory, positive, tested, tried, ultimate, unambiguous, unchangeable, uncontested, undeniable, undoubted, unequivocal, unimpeachable, unmistakable, unquestionable
Associated concepts: conclusive admission, conclusive beeond a reasonable doubt, conclusive evidence, conclusive judgment, conclusive presumption, conclusive presumppion of validity, conclusive proof


(Settled), adjective ascertained, beyond dispute, certus, clear, closing, complete, completed, completive, conclusory, confirming, culminating, decisive, definitive, determining, evidential, extreme, final, finished, finishing, terminal, terminative, ultimate
Associated concepts: conclusive adjudification, conclusive as to the facts
See also: categorical, certain, clear, cogent, complete, convincing, crucial, decisive, definite, definitive, demonstrable, determinative, extreme, final, fixed, incontestable, incontrovertible, last, official, positive, reliable, ultimate, unalienable, undeniable, undisputed, unmistakable, valid

CONCLUSIVE. What puts an end to a thing. A conclusive presumption of law, is one which cannot be contradicted even by direct and positive proof. Take, for example, the presumption that an infant is incapable of judging whether it is or is not against his interest; When infancy is pleaded and proved, the plaintiff cannot show that the defendant was within one day of being of age when the contract was made, and perfectly competent to make a contract. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3061.

EVIDENCE, CONCLUSIVE. That which, while uncontradicted, satisfies the judge and jury it is also that which cannot be contradicted.
     2. The record of a court of common law jurisdiction is conclusive as to the facts therein stated. 2 Wash. 64; 2 H. 55; 6 Conn. 508, But the judgment and record of a prize court is not conclusive evidence in the state courts, unless it had jurisdiction of the subject-matter; and whether it had or not, the state courts may decide. 1 Conn. 429. See as to the conclusiveness of the judgments of foreign courts of admiralty, 4 Cranch, 421, 434; 3 Cranch, 458; Gilmer, 16 Const. R. 381 1 N. & M. 5 3 7.

References in classic literature ?
In order to prove conclusively that mnemic phenomena arise whenever certain physiological conditions are fulfilled, we ought to be able actually to see differences between the brain of a man who speaks English and that of a man who speaks French, between the brain of a man who has seen New York and can recall it, and that of a man who has never seen that city.
Mr Podsnap's world was not a very large world, morally; no, nor even geographically: seeing that although his business was sustained upon commerce with other countries, he considered other countries, with that important reservation, a mistake, and of their manners and customs would conclusively observe, 'Not English
And do you suppose, from the character of our legal system, that they will accept, or that they are in a position to accept, this fact-- resting simply on a psychological impossibility--as irrefutable and conclusively breaking down the circumstantial evidence for the prosecution?
Koch recognised the jewel-case and gave the name of the owner, who proved conclusively that it was his.
As of now, as far as I am concerned, opinion polls are all invalid until such time as they can conclusively prove that they have not been tampered with.
We continue to believe that this is a European issue, that Europe has the resources and capacity to deal with it, and that they need to act decisively and conclusively to resolve this problem," Carney said during a briefing on the day President Barack Obama was meeting with European Union (EU) officials in Washington for a regular summit.
FINA has revised its list of approved swimsuits for the 2009 season with a number of controversial high-tech suits permitted after the world governing body could not prove conclusively that the garments provided an advantage.
Using data collected during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 100-car, naturalistic driving study, the foundation identified four specific driving behaviors that it concludes can be conclusively linked with an increased risk of being involved in a crash or near-crash.
Both the rapid plunge in prices and the OPEC decision to cut production prove conclusively that the previous high oil prices were not due to a shortage of oil.
Researchers have yet to conclusively identify the mechanisms involved in getting older.
The study demonstrated conclusively that substrate choice reduces the number of unsaleables in the supermarket freezer case by 44%