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.

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Subsequent measurements by various groups have been inconclusive as to whether the larger or smaller value is correct. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics not “broken” after all? We’re close to resolving proton radius puzzle," 5 Sep. 2019 His dentist referred him to an ear, nose, and throat doctor, who did a biopsy, which was inconclusive. Michele Cohen Marill, WIRED, "Why a Promising, Potent Cancer Therapy Isn't Used in the US," 21 Aug. 2019 Multiple law enforcement officials said Epstein appeared to have hanged himself, but an initial autopsy was inconclusive. NBC News, "Jail where Jeffrey Epstein died had 'serious irregularities,' AG Barr says," 12 Aug. 2019 Tests were inconclusive about whether the bones were animal or human. Washington Post, "Judge rejects bid for new trial in ‘Making a Murderer’ case," 10 Aug. 2019 The evidence for whether extreme risk protection orders work to prevent gun violence is inconclusive, according to a study by the RAND Corporation on the effectiveness of gun safety measures. New York Times, "‘Red Flag’ Gun Control Bills Pick Up Momentum With G.O.P. in Congress," 6 Aug. 2019 The evidence for whether red flag laws work to prevent gun violence is inconclusive, according to a study by the RAND Corp. of the effectiveness of gun safety measures. Sheryl Gay Stolberg,, "‘Red flag’ gun control bills gain favor with GOP in Congress," 6 Aug. 2019 While Ladder represents a growing trend to make dietary supplements more wholesome, effective, and safe, the science behind much of the supplement industry is inconclusive. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "The Wild, Unregulated World of Sports Supplements," 22 July 2019 After an inconclusive election in April, Netanyahu was unable to form a governing coalition, forcing him to call another election Sept. 17. Isabel Kershner,, "Israel is expected to approve surge in Jewish construction in West Bank," 31 July 2019

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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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