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Meaning of decisive by Wiktionary Dictionary

decisive


    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪˈsaɪsɪv/

    Adjective

    decisive ( comparative more decisive, superlative most decisive )

    1. Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive .
      A decisive battle is fatal for one side's war chances
    2. Marked by promptness and decision .
      A noble instance of this attribute of the decisive character. -J. Foster .

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    See also

    • decisive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • decisive in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of decisive by Wordnet Dictionary

decisive


    Adjective
    1. forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

    2. determining or having the power to determine an outcome

    3. cast the decisive vote
      two factors had a decisive influence
    4. characterized by decision and firmness

    5. an able and decisive young woman
      we needed decisive leadership
      she gave him a decisive answer
    6. unmistakable

    7. had a decisive lead in the polls


    Definition of decisive by GCIDE Dictionary

    decisive


    1. Decisive a. [Cf. F. décisif. See Decision.]
      1. Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive. “A decisive, irrevocable doom.” Bates. “Decisive campaign.” Macaulay. “Decisive proof.” Hallam.

      2. Marked by promptness and decision.

      A noble instance of this attribute of the decisive character. J. Foster.

      Syn. -- Decided; positive; conclusive. See Decided.

      -- Decisively, adv. -- Decisiveness, n.