• WordNet 3.6
    • adj definitive supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement "a definitive verdict","a determinate answer to the problem"
    • adj definitive clearly defined or formulated "the plain and unequivocal language of the laws"- R.B.Taney"
    • adj definitive of recognized authority or excellence "the definitive work on Greece","classical methods of navigation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For five years, Webster's dictionary contained a definition of the word dord, a word that has never actually existed.
    • n Definitive (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.Definitives . . . are commonly called by grammarians articles. . . . They are of two kinds, either those properly and strictly so called, or else pronominal articles, such as this that any other some all no none, etc.
    • Definitive Determinate; positive; final; conclusive; unconditional; express. "A strict and definitive truth.""Some definitive . . . scheme of reconciliation."
    • Definitive Determined; resolved.
    • Definitive Limiting; determining; as, a definitive word.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Of all the words in the English language, the word "set" has the most definitions.
    • definitive Limiting the extent; determinate; positive; express: as, a definitive term.
    • definitive Ending; determining; final; conclusive: opposed to conditional, provisional, or interlocutory.
    • definitive Specifically— In biology, completely formed; fixed and finished: opposed to primitive or formative: as, the definitive aorta; a definitive anus.
    • definitive In logic, applied to a judgment which is accompanied by a full assent of the mind.
    • definitive In metaphysics, having position without occupying space.
    • n definitive In grammar, a defining or limiting word, as an article, a demonstrative, or the like.
    • definitive To make definite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fuzz on a tennis ball is intentionally included as a way to give the ball some definite action when it hits the court. It also slows the flight of the ball through the air.
    • adj Definitive defining or limiting: positive: final
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  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “We should not only master questions, but also act upon them, and act definitely.”
  • Joan Didion
    “The fancy that extraterrestrial life is by definition of a higher order than our own is one that soothes all children, and many writers.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.”
  • Kenneth Branagh
    Kenneth Branagh
    “My definition of success is control.”
  • Louis E. Boone
    Louis E. Boone
    “I am definitely going to take a course on time management... just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. definitivus,: cf. F. définitif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. definīre, -ītum, to set bounds to—de, finis, a limit.


In literature:

In Allan Mowbray's case this was definitely so.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Is clear mentally throughout and no definite delusions nor hallucinations can be elicited.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
Give a full definition of the beat.
"Lessons in Music Form" by Percy Goetschius
His definition of Rationalism is beautifully lucid and logical.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
I think we shall have to reject the Deacon's definition.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
I do love the feeling of definite personality, separated from everything, mine, me.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
On the contrary, to the one who has them they are definite and are the things he works for from the beginning.
"The Head Voice and Other Problems" by D. A. Clippinger
In the first place, it must be definitely understood that we are dealing only with specific, as distinguished from general, transmission.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Worry means the inability to relax the attention from a definite fear or fancied hard luck.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
He continued to acquiesce in them till his attention was definitely turned to the subject.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
No mere definition can ever make it clearer than it is at this moment to each of us.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
Nickel can be alloyed with steel in various percentages, each percentage having a very definite effect on the microstructure.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
The local or public beggars formed a still more definite class.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
It was characteristic of him that he said nothing until he could speak definitely.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm
By definition it is pathological, abnormal.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
He used it in various diseases, and, of course, it always produced very definite effects on the bowels.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
It was, therefore, the first object of these following papers to give an accurate and stable definition of wealth.
"Unto This Last and Other Essays on Political Economy" by John Ruskin
And, furthermore, those who doubt God's existence need first of all a definite idea of what we mean by the term Deity.
"What and Where is God?" by Richard La Rue Swain
Most of the Protestant sects believed that the crossing was made by a definite revelation of the word of God.
"The Colonization of North America" by Herbert Eugene Bolton
It will be seen that there is a close relationship existing between Partition and Definition.
"Thought-Culture" by William Walker Atkinson

In poetry:

It is the only reason why
No government can codify,
And verbal definitions mar
The Hidden Law.
"The Hidden Law" by W H Auden
He speaks of my extended fame,
My wit, charm, definitions,
And is diligent to serve me,
Is detailed in his provisions.
"Translations And Adaptations From Heine" by Ezra Pound
But though Philosophy has tried
A score of definitions,
’Twixt man and dog it can’t decide
The relative positions.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
LESBIA. Before we reach the place,
Whither you wish to lead us, for a space
Let us say why we came
To see you here to-day: a definite aim
All of us here has brought.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Cried he: 'That quinine that you bought,
(Since all may errors make),
I find was definitely not,—
I sold you strychnine by mistake.
Two shillings is its price, and so
Another bob you owe.'
"Distracted Druggist" by Robert W Service
One should not break one's self too fast
Of little habits of this sort,
Which may be definitely classed
With gambling or a taste for port;
they should be slowlydropped, until
The Heart is subject to the Will.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham

In news:

These nine are definitely the critical vitamin supplements since carried out certainly in the diet program.
This is definitely one of those videos, and one which you really need to see to believe.
It's called Peaceful Protest, and it is definitely not sanctioned.
"Geeks are definitely the new rock stars.".
He definitely got some laughs, even though his biggest joke was a brand-new secondhand retread.
In discussing how the Buffalo Bills cope with losing AFC East games so often, center Eric Wood evoked the definition of.
It was definitely enough to get me stirring when I stayed at the Locust Hill Bed and Breakfast in Marlinton.
Hospital food has long had the reputation for being boring, tasteless and definitely not personalized.
NEW YORK — Almost by definition, beef stew isn't a weeknight-friendly dish.
David Ohle is a natural born terrorist—inso-far as Naked Lunch is the definitive English translation of the Koran.
The latest research does not definitely link dental x-rays to brain tumors.
Democratic strategist Bob Shrum says the "are you better off" question will almost definitely come up at Wednesday's debate, and Rep Marsha Blackburn lists why Republicans say Americans are not better off.
The same does not apply when it comes to talking drinks when politicking, and definitely not in Champaign.
The Repair or Replace predicament was there was no definitive reason for the cause of the broken tailpiece.
As a heartless hedge-fun manager, Richard Gere conjures the spirit of Bernie Madoff in Arbitrage, a flick that will definitely appeal to the 1 percent, but might leave others feeling icky.

In science:

The practical RF and corresponding theoretical model form an interface between empirical and theoretical worlds. Then we may take, as a common mathematical basis for the comparison, those definitions of RF that are founded just on these models.
Non-metric Generalizations of Relativistic Gravitational Theory and Observational Data Interpretation
Bennnet’s paper is a survey of various definitions of complexity, and specifically of their utility for physicists.
Defining Complexity: A Commentary to a paper by Charles H. Bennett
To my mind, LMC complexity has its legitimate place as one of the statistical definitions of complexity, despite its shortcomings.
Defining Complexity: A Commentary to a paper by Charles H. Bennett
Functionality and complexity are two different concepts and in my view there is no need to make functionality interfere with the definition of complexity.
Defining Complexity: A Commentary to a paper by Charles H. Bennett
As long as our goal is limited only to finding a workable definition of complexity, the discussion of the relation between complexity and funct ional ity is be tter to be postponed un til the nex t step of discourse.
Defining Complexity: A Commentary to a paper by Charles H. Bennett
States that are at their jamming thresholds according to this definition have been shown to be “collectively jammed” accordi ng to the definition of Torquato, et al. .
Why is Random Close Packing Reproducible?
And there exist one kind of much weaker and longer field (hyper-weak field) with the item (S (cid:405) S ) of the force definition, for the field source S is not as fundamental as the field strength B .
Octonionic Hyper-strong and Hyper-weak Fields and Their Quantum Equations
In , the lemma has only been stated and proved for deterministic Turing machines, but it is obvious that the same proof also applies to nondeterministic machines (to see this, note that, by definition, every run of an (r, s, t )-bounded Turing machine is finite).
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
In the trigintaduonion space T-X, the displacement r should be extended to the new displacement R = (r + krx X ) and be consistent with the definition of momentum M.
Compounding Fields and Their Quantum Equations in the Trigintaduonion Space
The revised definition improves the nonextensive property of the parameter q .
A Revised Generalized Kolmogorov-Sinai-like Entropy and Markov Shifts
The entropy of transformation T with respect to partition A is one part of the definition of KSq entropy, i.e.
A Revised Generalized Kolmogorov-Sinai-like Entropy and Markov Shifts
Definition 2.1 (Parrondo’s game, ) Parrondo’s game is a sequence {s(n) ∈ {A, B } : n ∈ N} where A, B are two strategies.
Quantum Parrondo's game with random strategies
Definition 3.1 (Quantum walk in 1D) Let HC = span{|ci : c = 0, 1} (the coin space), HX = span{|xi : x ∈ Z} (the position space) and H = HC ⊗ HX be the Hilbert space of the quantum walk.
Quantum Parrondo's game with random strategies
Definition 3.2 (Quantum Parrondo’s game) We have H = HC ⊗ HD ⊗ HX ⊗ HO such that: (i) The Hilbert spaces Hj = span{|ki : k = 0, 1} for j ∈ {C, D , O}.
Quantum Parrondo's game with random strategies
There are many different definitions for the energy-momentum tensor density and the spin density of a gravitational system in theories of gravitation, the differences of physical properties caused by these different definitions are well worth for further study.
The Dynamical Properties Derived from the More Generalized Lagrangian Density for A Gravitational System