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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

definite, definitive

Definite means “clear or precise,” while definitive means “absolute or final.”

  • He has a definite plan for the evening.
  • The concerto is in its definitive form at last.
  • A definite offer may state the precise terms of the agreement, but a definitive one presents the final terms.