Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Effecting an end to a controversy.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    That which finally and completely ends and settles a controversy. A definitive sentence or judgment is put in opposition to an Interlocutory judgment. A distinction may be taken between a final and a definitive judgment. The former term is applicable when the judgment exhausts the powers of the particular court in which it is rendered; while the latter word designates a judgment that is above any review or contingency of reversal. U. S. v. The Peggy, 1 ranch, 103, 2 In Ed. 49.
    —Definitive sentence. The final judgment, decree, or sentence of an ecolesiastical court. 3 Bl. Comm. 10l.