definitive [dē fin′ə tiv, difin′ə tiv]
[ME diffinitif < OFr definitif < L definitivus < pp. of definire, DEFINE]
1. that decides or settles in a final way; decisive; conclusive [a definitive answer]
2. most nearly complete and accurate; authoritative [a definitive biography]
3. serving to define; limiting or distinguishing precisely [definitive details]
4. designating or of a postage stamp for regular use, issued for an unlimited period
a definitive postage stamp: distinguished from COMMEMORATIVE

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