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.
Recent Examples on the Web If researchers don't get the timing right, study results can also be inconclusive or contradictory, which can be confusing and frustrating. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Everything old is new again: Repurposing drugs to treat Covid-19," 27 Feb. 2021 Thursday provided an inconclusive answer, some parts suggesting that the rough patch was over but the third-period collapse drawing definite doubts in Dallas. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "The Stars’ disastrous, third-period collapse vs. Panthers leaves head coach Rick Bowness pleading for ‘some ownership’," 25 Feb. 2021 Several rounds of talks between the farmers and government officials have remained inconclusive. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "American newspaper and TV ads are the new platforms to show solidarity with India’s protesting farmers," 17 Feb. 2021 After missing Wednesday's game due to an inconclusive test result, Zion Williamson has received clearance to play Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, a team source said. Christian Clark | Staff Writer,, "Source: Pelicans' Zion Williamson cleared to play against LeBron, Lakers," 14 Jan. 2021 The league also acknowledged there were errors in the testing protocols that led to an inconclusive test result for one player that resulted in the four being sidelined at Oregon last week based on contact tracing requirements. Mark Heim |, al, "Colorado-Stanford live stream (11/14): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 14 Nov. 2020 Also, an inconclusive positive result from Wednesday now is positive. Teresa M. Walker,, "Tennessee Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak now at 23 cases after another positive test result," 8 Oct. 2020 The inconclusive result following the 2018 vote forced him to enter political deals to secure enough support to rule. Niclas Rolander,, "Swedish PM Faces No-Confidence Vote as Labor Talks Collapse," 1 Oct. 2020 The fort’s exact location was lost after the battle and several previous archaeological investigations were contested or inconclusive, the study said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Researchers locate site of 200-year-old Tlingit battle fort that signified resistance to colonization," 29 Jan. 2021

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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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7 Mar 2021

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“Inconclusive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inconclusive

: not showing that something is certainly true : not conclusive

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