indecisive

adjective

in·​de·​ci·​sive ˌin-di-ˈsī-siv How to pronounce indecisive (audio)
1
: marked by or prone to indecision : irresolute
an indecisive state of mind
2
: not decisive : inconclusive
an indecisive battle
3
: not clearly marked out : indefinite
indecisively adverb
indecisiveness noun

Examples of indecisive in a Sentence

She's always been very indecisive.
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Word History

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of indecisive was in 1726

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“Indecisive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indecisive. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

indecisive

adjective
in·​de·​ci·​sive ˌin-di-ˈsī-siv How to pronounce indecisive (audio)
1
: not decisive or final
an indecisive battle
2
: finding it hard to make decisions
an indecisive person
indecisively adverb
indecisiveness noun
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