in·con·clu·sive | \ˌin-kən-ˈklü-siv, -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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Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk for certain cancers, but a review of studies on vitamin D supplements for preventing cancer was inconclusive (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, June 23, 2014). Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Natural approaches may ease white fingers of Raynaud’s," 17 June 2018 Previous studies about a possible link between autism and allergies focused mainly on respiratory and skin allergies, and yielded inconclusive results, Bao said. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Autism and food allergies are linked, study suggests. But which comes first?," 8 June 2018 But the lawsuit claims producers knew that bone fragments featured in the production weren't linked to Natalee before supposed testing produced inconclusive results. CBS News, "Oxygen Media defends series about Natalee Holloway," 7 Feb. 2018 Records are inconclusive on whether Cruz attended Promise or skipped the assignment. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Parkland shooting suspect's mom let him buy gun despite mental health counselors' pushback, official says," 10 July 2018 The woman said Deloitte's investigation was inconclusive. NBC News, "Former Deloitte employee: Company 'failed me' in blocking sexual assault investigation," 9 July 2018 Hints of a dramatic collision had been seen before, but the indications had been inconclusive. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, "This Galactic Collision Shaped the History of the Milky Way," 8 July 2018 Studies are inconclusive about the chances of breast cancer recurrence in BRCA-positive women and are often difficult to interpret. Bryna Siegel Finer,, "Five years after breast cancer, a survivor feels cut off from the care that kept her safe," 10 Jan. 2018 But the marker test was inconclusive and so Cindy decided to move on. Jill Tucker,, "A cabinetmaker, a dead bar owner, a lounge singer, an uncle and, finally, a dad," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of inconclusive

1707, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inconclusive

: not showing that something is certainly true : not conclusive

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