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 Spain chose a prime minister on Tuesday, ending nearly a year of political deadlock that included two inconclusive elections. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Spain’s Parliament Elects Socialist Party Leader Pedro Sánchez as Prime Minister," 7 Jan. 2020 The election will be the third in a year, an unprecedented situation as a deeply polarized Israel struggles to form a government after inconclusive elections in April and September. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Netanyahu Won Over His Party. Can He Win Over Israel?," 27 Dec. 2019 Israel has already had two inconclusive elections this year, each ending in deadlock with voters nearly evenly divided on whether the corruption cases against Netanyahu should disqualify him from serving a fourth consecutive term., "JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel easily brushed off a challenge for the leadership of the conservative Likud party early Friday, a crucial victory for Israel’s longest-serving leader but one that may only harden the country’s yearlong political standoff.," 27 Dec. 2019 The indictments against Netanyahu came amid months of political deadlock in Israel, which after two inconclusive elections is headed toward a third unprecedented national vote in less than a year. NBC News, "Lawmaker aims to oust scandal-hit Netanyahu in Likud primary," 26 Dec. 2019 An inconclusive general election in April, and then another in September, highlighted the accusation that parliamentary immunity is hiding scandalous abuse of office. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 5 Dec. 2019 After an inconclusive election in September, both Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, have failed to form a majority coalition in parliament. Fox News, "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be indicted by Israeli Justice Ministry," 22 Nov. 2019 After an inconclusive election in September, both Netanyahu and Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party, have failed to form a majority coalition in parliament. Aron Heller,, "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on fraud, breach of trust and bribery in three separate corruption cases," 21 Nov. 2019 Gantz, a former military chief, was tapped as the prime minister designate last month after Netanyahu failed to cobble together a coalition government in the wake of inconclusive September elections. Aron Heller, Anchorage Daily News, "Netanyahu challenger unable to form coalition, making a third Israeli election more likely," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of inconclusive

1707, in the meaning defined above

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“Inconclusive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inconclusive

: not showing that something is certainly true : not conclusive

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