1. forming an end or termination
; especially putting an end to doubt or question
; - Example: "conclusive proof"- Example: "the evidence is conclusive"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Conclusive \Con*clu"sive\, a. [Cf. F. conclusif.]
Belonging to a close or termination; decisive; convincing;
putting an end to debate or question; leading to, or
involving, a conclusion or decision.
Secret reasons . . . equally conclusive for us as they
were for them. --Rogers.
Conclusive evidence (Law), that of which, from its nature,
the law allows no contradiction or explanation.
Conclusive presumption (Law), an inference which the law
makes so peremptorily that it will not allow it to be
overthrown by any contrary proof, however strong.
Syn: Final; ultimate; unanswerable. See Final.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: forming an end or termination; especially putting an end
to doubt or question; "conclusive proof"; "the evidence
is conclusive" [ant: inconclusive]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
153 Moby Thesaurus words for "conclusive":
absolute, adducible, admissible, admitting no exception, all-out,
apodictic, assuring, attestative, attestive, authentic,
authoritative, based on, binding, bound, boundary, categorical,
caudal, certain, circumstantial, clear, clear and distinct,
clear as day, complete, completing, completive, completory,
compulsory, concluding, consummative, convictional, convincing,
crowning, culminating, cumulative, damning, decided, decisive,
decretory, definite, definitive, determinate, determinative,
dictated, documentary, documented, downright, endmost, entailed,
entire, eventual, evidential, evidentiary, ex parte, explicit,
express, extreme, eye-witness, factual, farthest, final,
finalizing, finishing, firsthand, fixed, flat, flat-out,
founded on, fulfilling, global, grounded on, hard-and-fast,
hearsay, imperative, implicit, imposed, impressive, inappealable,
incontrovertible, indicative, indisputable, ineluctable,
inevitable, irrefutable, irresistible, irrevocable, last, limiting,
mandated, mandatory, material, must, necessary, nuncupative,
obligatory, out-and-out, outright, overwhelming, peremptory,
perfect, perfectly sure, persuasive, polar, positive, predestined,
predetermined, prescript, prescriptive, presumptive, probative,
reliable, required, round, satisfactory, satisfying, significant,
straight, straight-out, suggestive, sure, sure-enough, symptomatic,
tail, telling, terminal, terminating, terminative, total, true,
ultimate, unambiguous, uncircumscribed, unconditional,
unconditioned, undoubting, unequivocal, unhampered, unhesitating,
univocal, unlimited, unmistakable, unmitigated, unqualified,
unquestioning, unreserved, unrestricted, unwaivable, utter, valid,
weighty, whole, without appeal, without exception,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
CONCLUSIVE. What puts an end to a thing. A conclusive presumption of law, is
one which cannot be contradicted even by direct and positive proof. Take,
for example, the presumption that an infant is incapable of judging whether
it is or is not against his interest; When infancy is pleaded and proved,
the plaintiff cannot show that the defendant was within one day of being of
age when the contract was made, and perfectly competent to make a contract.
3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3061.