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 For lovers of sweets who are indecisive, the eatery offers 40 different flavors of Italian ice including lemon basil, mango or Bahama freeze. Phillip Valys,, "South Florida restaurants: Now open, coming soon and closed," 8 Apr. 2021 Early results suggest Israel’s fourth election in two years will lead to yet another indecisive result, giving neither Benjamin Netanyahu nor his opponents a clear path to forming a government. NBC News, "Netanyahu fights for survival as Israel headed for yet another election deadlock," 24 Mar. 2021 The transmission is a bit indecisive amid middle gears, but a quicker-shifting dual-clutch automatic is available with all-wheel-drive ($2,500). Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Impressive Cadillac XT4 carving a niche for itself (review)," 20 Mar. 2021 Inaccurate information and indecisive action on the part of the U.S. government led the country to catastrophic failure. Star Tribune, "Lessons for the next pandemic," 18 Mar. 2021 On the other hand, family members, especially of a younger generation, can be indecisive and insecure about making hard decisions, especially, where a beneficiary of the trust is failing mentally or physically. Matthew Erskine, Forbes, "The Challenge Of Trustee Selection," 12 Mar. 2021 Conte has been premier since indecisive 2018 elections led to a coalition government between the 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Italian president opens talks to resolve political crisis," 27 Jan. 2021 Glennon was indecisive and needed to throw the ball sooner. Brad Biggs,, "3 observations from rewatching the Chicago Bears’ Week 16 win, including the cornerback situation with Aaron Rodgers coming to town and major improvement in the red zone," 29 Dec. 2020 The geopolitical conditions grew significantly more threatening over the next eight years as Russia and China moved aggressively against an indecisive and often uncomprehending American government. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Can Biden Find Clarity on China and Russia?," 14 Dec. 2020

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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 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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