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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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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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 In any case, the lawyers argued, the surveillance video that led to the cruelty charges, was dark, grainy, inconclusive, and open to interpretation. Josh Kovner,, "Whiting Abuse Defendants Make Case For Accelerated Rehabilitation," 12 June 2018 Yet this is not unsatisfying: Mr Tallis’s characters remain sharply, painfully real, their stories as inconclusive, messy and fascinating as life. The Economist, "Dispatches from the border between madness and desire," 31 May 2018 Redden found the test results inconclusive, but Adam was released and later allowed to fly home. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Deaths That Rocked a Wealthy Southern California Enclave," 4 Apr. 2018 After initial tests were inconclusive, he was also diagnosed with a concussion. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Joel Embiid's orbital fracture could open the door for Pacers in NBA Playoffs race," 29 Mar. 2018 Child protective services investigators found evidence of emotional abuse, but claims of physical abuse were inconclusive, a judge said in late 2012. Fox News, "6 times child stars sued their parents," 9 Aug. 2016 An immediate review of the film was inconclusive, but hopefully the All-22 will solve the riddle once and for all. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "The Final Word: Bob Condotta breaks down what went right in the Seahawks’ thumping of the 49ers," 4 Dec. 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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