in·​de·​ci·​sive | \ˌin-di-ˈsī-siv \

Definition of indecisive 

1 : not decisive : inconclusive an indecisive battle

2 : marked by or prone to indecision : irresolute an indecisive state of mind

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.

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First Known Use of indecisive

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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