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

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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So from one indecisive person to another, remind yourself, or force yourself, to be decisive in the college application process. Fresh U, Teen Vogue, "I Applied to 25 Colleges — Here's What I Learned," 25 Sep. 2018 The common theory at the moment is that Brussels must bend to Mrs. May or some other British politician, extending sweeter terms to make a withdrawal deal more palatable to the U.K.’s divided and indecisive voters. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Can Save the European Union," 17 Jan. 2019 His actors are sure of their skills, no matter how indecisive his script. Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, "Review: ‘An Ordinary Man’ Stars Ben Kingsley as a War Criminal," 12 Apr. 2018 The major complaint regarding the exclusive website was Kylie Cosmetics' return policy, or lack thereof, so this Ulta deal is a dream for the indecisive. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Kylie Cosmetics Is Coming to All Ulta Beauty Stores," 31 Aug. 2018 While bad for our indecisive shopping habits, that fact is far from a secret since sizes (plus and straight) tend to sell out pretty quickly., "H&M Is Stocking The Best Swimsuits For Summer," 1 May 2018 In addition to not moving without the ball, Smith looked indecisive in a half-court setting. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Zhaire Smith shows progress in second summer-league game," 8 July 2018 Ford’s arrival so late to the party in its home market is indicative of the indecisive leadership that led to the company’s recent management turmoil. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2018 Ford EcoSport subcompact SUV arrives late, struggles to compete," 8 Mar. 2018 Salah showed glimpses but his touch was never crisp, his thought process indecisive. Thomas Allnutt,, "Salah disappoints as Egypt crushed by Russia," 19 June 2018

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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 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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