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  • explicitly defined
  • conclusive or decisive
  • definite, authoritative and complete
  • (grammar) a word, such as a definite article or demonstrative pronoun, that defines or limits something
  • an ordinary postage stamp that is part of a series of all denominations
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



De*fin"i*tive (?), a. [L. definitivus: cf. F. définitif.] 1. Determinate; positive; final; conclusive; unconditional; express.

A strict and definitive truth.
Sir T. Browne.

Some definitive . . . scheme of reconciliation.
Prescott.

2. Limiting; determining; as, a definitive word.

3. Determined; resolved. [Obs.] Shak.

De*fin"i*tive, n. (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.

&fist; 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. Harris (Hermes).

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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