in·​de·​ci·​sive | \ ˌin-di-ˈsī-siv How to pronounce indecisive (audio) \

Definition of indecisive

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

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Other Words from indecisive

indecisively adverb
indecisiveness noun

Examples of indecisive in a Sentence

She's always been very indecisive.
Recent Examples on the Web Montgomery has, on occasion, been indecisive in picking a hole and has danced a little too much behind the line of scrimmage. Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: Would the Bears consider replacing Kyle Long? What’s wrong with the running game? (Hint: A lot.)," 10 Oct. 2019 The realigning and deal-making that would follow an indecisive first ballot could in theory lead to a dark horse becoming the nominee, perhaps even someone who didn’t campaign in the primaries. Fortune, "How a contested Democratic convention would work," 27 Feb. 2020 Those looking to unseat the first black woman to hold the county's highest law enforcement position, have blasted her handling of the matter as haphazard and indecisive. Don Babwin, Anchorage Daily News, "Actor Jussie Smollett faces 6 new charges in Chicago," 11 Feb. 2020 Anglers can employ a pair of strategies to hook more of the indecisive fish that rapidly reject their offerings. Outdoor Life, "5 Bluegill Facts That Will Help You Catch More Fish," 27 Jan. 2020 For the indecisive online shopper, the now ubiquitous promise of free shipping, coupled with the practice of bracketing — ordering multiple sizes of a product to see which fits best — is contributing to the glut of returns., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 28 Dec. 2019 Rather than the product of indecisive judges, the surprise announcement on December 3rd came after the four nominees—Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani—lobbied the jury to treat them as a collective. The Economist, "Turner prizes for all!," 4 Dec. 2019 LoBianco describes Pence as indecisive, but great at executing others' decisions. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "'What are we going to do Mike?': Trump's victory posed problems for Pence and his wife, new book says," 7 Sep. 2019 In an earlier election in April, Netanyahu also failed to win a parliamentary majority and was forced to call the indecisive Sept. 17 election. Josef Federman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Israel’s Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of indecisive

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Indecisive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indecisive

: not able to make choices quickly and confidently
: not settling something or making something final or certain


in·​de·​ci·​sive | \ ˌin-di-ˈsī-siv How to pronounce indecisive (audio) \

Kids Definition of indecisive

1 : not decisive or final an indecisive battle
2 : finding it hard to make decisions an indecisive person

Other Words from indecisive

indecisively adverb

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