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di fi ni tiv

  • s  clearly defined or formulated
  • s  of recognized authority or excellence
    the definitive work on Greece
  • s  supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement
    a definitive verdict

  • Her arguments about the absence of the ions in the solution was definitive; no proof to the contrary has not been found as yet.
  • Despite a month long painstaking search of the debris, the investigators could not come up with any definitive clues to what caused the aircraft to go down.
  • There is no definitive evidence to link the city center shooting with the internecine gang wars.
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  • Tony Blair in Turkish Press
    I will make my position clear next week. I will say something definitive then,Blair told Britain's GMTV breakfast programme.
  • Bobby Cox in
    As best as I can gather right now, he's thinking about retiring after this year,Cox said. "But I can't give a definitive answer."
  • JK Rowling in New York Times
    In a statement released by Warner Brothers, Ms. Rowling said she could not "approve of 'companion books' or 'encyclopedias' that seek to pre-empt my definitive Potter reference book for their authors' own personal gain."

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