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[kuh n-kloo-siv] /kənˈklu sɪv/

serving to settle or decide a question; decisive; convincing:
conclusive evidence.
tending to terminate; closing.
putting an end to doubt; decisive; final
approaching or involving an end or conclusion

1610s, “occurring at the end,” from French conclusif, from Late Latin conclusivus, from conclus-, past participle stem of concludere (see conclude). Meaning “definitive, decisive, convincing” (putting an end to debate) is from 1640s. Related: Conclusiveness.


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