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My sentence:

Sometimes a question can have multiple answers where all of them share some kind of evidence but none of them can be a [strict — right — 100% sure that it is the answer — what else?] answer.

Things that I have been thinking about but I do not want to use:

  1. if the study of science is called reasoning, which means giving evidence (I am thinking of using "reasonable answer"). But reasonable answer does not mean that it is 100% accurate answer.

  2. the word logic can involve math and philosophies, so it is not a word that I can use — because there is no "right" philosophy.

What else I can use for the word before the last in my sentence?

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possible duplicate of What is the difference between "definite" and "definitive"? –  FumbleFingers Mar 15 '13 at 4:30
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I think the word definite fits your description. It means "absolutely correct", or the "one single" answer, basically.

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this the word that I am looking for, Thanks! –  shnisaka Mar 15 '13 at 2:11
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I was about to suggest definitive may be more appropriate and a preliminary search led me to What is the difference between “definite” and “definitive”? –  Fortiter Mar 15 '13 at 3:06
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@Fortiter: For OP's question, the definitive answer is definitive. A definite answer is just one that definitely says something (usually "Yes" or "No"). A definitive answer is the one that everyone else recognises as correct, comprehensive, and conclusive. –  FumbleFingers Mar 15 '13 at 4:28
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