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DEFINITIVE Definition & Legal Meaning

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That which finally and completely ends and settles a controversy. A definitive sentence or judgment is put inopposition to an Interlocutory judgment.A distinction may be taken between a final and a definitive judgment. The formerterm is applicable when the judgment exhausts the powers of the particular court inwhich it is rendered; while the latter word designates a judgment that is above anyreview or contingency of reversal. U. S. v. The Peggy, 1 Cranch, 103, 2 L. Ed. 49.


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