decisive

adjective
de·ci·sive | \di-ˈsī-siv \

Definition of decisive 

1 : having the power or quality of deciding The council president cast the decisive vote. a decisive battle

2 : resolute, determined a decisive manner decisive leaders a decisive editor

3 : unmistakable, unquestionable a decisive superiority

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decisively adverb
decisiveness noun

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conclusive, decisive, determinative, definitive mean bringing to an end. conclusive applies to reasoning or logical proof that puts an end to debate or questioning. conclusive evidence decisive may apply to something that ends a controversy, a contest, or any uncertainty. a decisive battle determinative adds an implication of giving a fixed character or direction. the determinative factor in the court's decision definitive applies to what is put forth as final and permanent. the definitive biography

Examples of decisive in a Sentence

You must be decisive and persistent to succeed in this competitive field. I stood there wondering what to do, but my sister was more decisive and immediately went to the phone. The fight ended with a decisive blow. the decisive battle of the war The poverty of his childhood played a decisive role in his adult life. The meeting is seen as a decisive step toward a peace treaty.
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Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems," 10 July 2018 Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump nominates GOP favorite Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Chief Justice Roberts was the decisive fifth vote to uphold the ACA in a key case in 2012. Julie Rovner, Washington Post, "Democrats Rally Against Threats To The ACA To Block Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller And Mark Sherman, Houston Chronicle, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems," 10 July 2018 Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump makes decision on his Supreme Court pick, will reveal it at 9 p.m.," 9 July 2018 But others speculate that overturning Roe v. Wade might be less galvanizing to progressives if a woman casts the decisive fifth vote. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump’s reported Supreme Court finalists: Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Raymond Kethledge," 5 July 2018 The former president picked up the phone again, this time to thank his old rival for the decisive vote. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Where Is Barack Obama?," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of decisive

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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decisive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of decisive

: able to make choices quickly and confidently

: causing something to end in a particular way : determining what the result of something will be

: very clear and obvious

decisive

adjective
de·ci·sive | \di-ˈsī-siv \

Kids Definition of decisive

1 : causing something to end in a certain way The lawyer offered decisive proof.

2 : unmistakable, unquestionable a decisive victory

3 : firmly determined He began in a decisive manner.

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