decisive

adjective
de·​ci·​sive | \ di-ˈsī-siv How to pronounce decisive (audio) \

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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Make those pros and cons list and remember to be more decisive. Fresh U, Teen Vogue, "I Applied to 25 Colleges — Here's What I Learned," 25 Sep. 2018 Hall believes Russia’s campaign was decisive for three main reasons. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The case that Russia is winning the cyberwar," 25 Sep. 2018 Along with Ivan Rakitic, who plies his trade with Madrid rival Barcelona, Modric’s ability to impose his will on the game will potentially be decisive for Croatia. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 Milwaukee fans would like nothing more than their favorite team’s postseason run to be as decisive as Monday night’s final 18 minutes. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Bucks' second-half surge drops Magic 102-86," 10 Apr. 2018 Take the at-bats that immediately preceded the decisive runs in the fifth inning, for instance. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox Notch Game 2 World Series Win Over Dodgers," 25 Oct. 2018 Steven Souza’s groundball off reliever Adam Cimber would score what stood as the decisive run in a 3-1 Diamondbacks victory. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lucchesi gets hit, run, loss in Diamondbacks' 3-1 win over Padres," 6 July 2018 Yet, at the EU level, the increasing political differences among the 28 countries—presumably soon to be 27 after Brexit—make decisive policy-making highly problematic. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Europe’s Political Funk Sets Back Its Economy," 23 Jan. 2019 But Republican policymakers still seem quite far from taking decisive action on this front. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Republicans are mad at Google for search bias—will they do anything about it?," 12 Dec. 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 How to pronounce decisive (audio) \

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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