in·​con·​clu·​sive | \ ˌin-kən-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce inconclusive (audio) , -ziv\

Definition of inconclusive

: leading to no conclusion or definite result inconclusive evidence an inconclusive argument

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Other Words from inconclusive

inconclusively adverb
inconclusiveness noun

Examples of inconclusive in a Sentence

The results of the test were inconclusive. The first two rounds of the boxing match were inconclusive.

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While there are some studies that indicate that marijuana use does impair driving, be aware that other studies are inconclusive. Chicago Tribune, Daily Southtown, "Speak Out: Gas tax, marijuana," 6 June 2019 If those efforts are inconclusive, the bureau will search for other government records. Rich Exner,, "Census 2020 expected again to miss thousands of young Ohioans; why it matters," 4 June 2019 The dollar finished higher while Treasury yields flattened out as the market assessed the impact of America’s inconclusive trade talks with China. Sarah Ponczek And Janine Wolf,, "Stocks log biggest gain in over three weeks," 4 May 2018 The stinky findings are not shocking given past disappointing and inconclusive data on probiotics. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Probiotics: If you don’t just poop them out, they may muck up your guts," 8 Sep. 2018 The company has said concerns about talc’s being linked to cancer are based on inconclusive research. New York Times, "Johnson & Johnson Told to Pay $4.7 Billion in Baby Powder Lawsuit," 12 July 2018 He was interviewed, and the allegations were deemed unfounded or inconclusive, officials said. CBS News, "Mom's boyfriend arrested in suspicious death of 10-year-old California boy," 28 June 2018 Tests of her blood afterward showed methamphetamine was in her system but have been inconclusive about other additives, her mother said. Mike Ellis, USA TODAY, "In her words: Kaylee Muthart explains what made her pull out her eyes," 12 Mar. 2018 To sum up, the data is inconclusive about the effectiveness of assault-weapon bans, and there may always be some loopholes for gun manufactures. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Marco Rubio is right: There probably isn't a loophole-free assault weapons ban," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of inconclusive

1707, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inconclusive was in 1707

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English Language Learners Definition of inconclusive

: not showing that something is certainly true : not conclusive

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