Webster 1913 Edition
definitivus: cf. F.
Determinate; positive; final; conclusive; unconditional; express.
A strict and
Sir T. Browne.
definitive. . . scheme of reconciliation.
A word used to define or limit the extent of the signification of a common noun, such as the definite article, and some pronouns.
☞ Definitives . . . are commonly called by grammarians articles. . . . They are of two kinds, either those properly and strictly so called, or else pronominal articles, such as this, that, any, other, some, all, no, none, etc.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Limiting the extent; determinate; positive; express; as a definitive term.
2.Limiting; ending; determining; final; opposed to conditional, provisional, or interlocutory; as a definitive sentence or decree.