Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serving to put an end to doubt, question, or uncertainty; decisive. See Synonyms at decisive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a conclusion
  • adj. Providing an end to something; decisive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to a close or termination; decisive; convincing; putting an end to debate or question; leading to, or involving, a conclusion or decision.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Decisive of argument or questioning; dispelling doubt; finally deciding; leading to a conclusion or determination.
  • Specifically, bringing about or leading to a logical conclusion; conforming to the rules of the syllogism.
  • In law, possessing such weight and force as not to admit of contradiction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. forming an end or termination; especially putting an end to doubt or question

Etymologies

From French conclusif, from Late Latin conclusivus, from Latin conclūsīvē ("conclusively"), from past participle of concludere (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Conclusive appears a more apt choice of words than necessarily and conclusive is a word not used by many with respect to origins questions.

    Another Perspective on Origins

  • But after delving into centuries-old archives, two lawyers commissioned by the government of Silvio Berlusconi have produced what they call conclusive evidence that the renaissance masterpiece belongs not to Florence, but to the Italian state.

    Italian government battles with Florence for Michelangelo's David

  • QUESTION: Attorney General, several of our allies have received what they call conclusive proof that Osama bin Laden is connected with the September 11 attacks.

    CNN Transcript Oct 2, 2001

  • He was using what I call his conclusive tone, leaving no room for questions, let alone argument.

    Triple Jeopardy

  • But while an epidemiologist may not use the word "conclusive" when referring to cause and effect, she added, the scale of this study could potentially isolate some variables so that a clearer picture of health risks can be found.

    NYT > Home Page

  • If the researchers obtain conclusive photographic evidence of the woodpecker, it will settle a debate that has become heated in recent years and fascinated millions of people around the world, from bird-watchers and environmentalists to Arkansas farmers and duck hunters.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • There are few, if any, long-term conclusive studies on HRT alternatives to combat the acute symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes and night sweats, which seem to be triggered by fluctuating estrogen levels.

    What's A Woman To Do?

  • Other methods, time tested and universally accepted, are being applied to these paintings and any negative statement that would seem to be conclusive is premature.

    February 2006

  • What makes the current study, published in the February issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, more conclusive is its size.

    Neil Risch on race

  • I'm just not seeing that this is conclusive, which is my main point.

    Do Exit Polls Show That Bill Damaged Hillary's Candidacy?

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