Definite or Definitive?
Definite or Definitive?What is the difference between "definite" and "definitive"?
- "Definite" means "known for certain" or "precise." For example:
- This is not fool's gold. It is definite gold. (The adverb form "definitely" is more common than the adjective form "definite.")
- We have definitely found gold.
- "Definitive" means "conclusive" or "authoritative." For example:
- This is the definitive diagnosis from the panel of specialists.
More about "Definite" and "Definitive"Writers sometimes confuse "definite" and "definitive" because their meanings are close and they look similar. However, there is a clear distinction between the two words.
DefiniteThe adjective "definite" means "known for certain" or "precise."
Example sentences with "definite":
- Is it definite that the plane has left?
- I can't make sense of your invoices. I need to know the definite amount.
- I had a natural aptitude for wanting to be the centre of attention and a definite skill for annoying people. (Illusionist Derren Brown)
DefinitiveThe adjective "definitive" means "conclusive" or "authoritative."
Example sentences with "definitive":
- This is the definitive paper on the company's holdings.
- Was that the judge's definitive verdict?
- A writer's definitive death is when no one reads his books anymore. That's the final death. (Writer Jose Saramago)