inconclusive

adjective
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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Many people were convinced that racists had thrown a firebomb in the window, but a police inquest was inconclusive and no charges were brought. Ellen Barry, The Seattle Times, "What the royal bride-to-be means to black Londoners," 14 May 2018 Many people were convinced that racists had thrown a firebomb in the window, but a police inquest was inconclusive and no charges were brought. Ellen Barry, BostonGlobe.com, "Royal bride-to-be lifts young black Londoners," 12 May 2018 Many people were convinced that racists had thrown a firebomb in the window, but a police inquest was inconclusive and no charges were brought. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "What Meghan Markle Means to Black Britons," 12 May 2018 The Alaska Public Radio Network reported in 2016 that an autopsy was inconclusive and other evidence of a crime was lacking. Anchorage Daily News, "The National Guard scandal has ended in silence, casting doubt on all involved," 8 Mar. 2018 Besides the problematic practice of making sweeping generalizations based on inconclusive and correlational research, the Duchess's fingers aren't so unusual after all. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Is Talking About Kate Middleton's Fingers Right Now," 7 Mar. 2018 The ultrasound exams were inconclusive and Green said more powerful machines are needed. Maria Cheng, Houston Chronicle, "Cracking the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark," 28 Feb. 2018 The science on most of these is conclusively inconclusive. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Adaptogenic dusts, oils, and pills have a veneer of science, but there’s not much evidence to back them up.," 2 Nov. 2018 Scientists found most of the other studies were inconclusive and decided one was flawed. Ellen Knickmeyer, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: EPA says a little radiation may be healthy," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of inconclusive

1707, in the meaning defined above

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inconclusive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inconclusive

: not showing that something is certainly true : not conclusive

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