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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Cleveland pressured him up the middle and Jackson became indecisive on whether to run or throw. Mike Preston,, "Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position grades for Ravens’ 40-25 loss to Browns," 29 Sep. 2019 Despite J&J’s loss, the case against Purdue in Ohio could have dragged on and proved indecisive. The Economist, "How to divvy up the remains of Purdue Pharma," 19 Sep. 2019 With 2:05 remaining, Needham was indecisive on a fourth-down play call, leading to a back-and-forth exchange at the line of scrimmage, pushing and shoving, and both sidelines clearing., "Wellesley (9-2) started the game with a four-play, 64-yard scoring drive culminating with a 17-yard run by senior Matt Segal. Perez hauled in a 14-yard touchdown from Maiona on a fourth-and-7 to extend the margin to 14-0.," 29 Nov. 2019 Reader vote: The most indecisive of the polls came with this side, with 64% of Twitter voters siding with marshmallows. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "The battle of the sides: Louisville chefs weigh in on best and worst Thanksgiving sides," 25 Nov. 2019 But Bayern Munich's Raumdeuter was indecisive, seeing his cross-cum-shot cleared off the line by Neven Subotić., "Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: A Night of History, Heynckes & Robben Making Wembley His Home," 29 Oct. 2019 West completed just 15 of 32 passes and was often indecisive, holding the ball too long and allowing defenders to congregate around him. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA defense makes it a long night for Stanford quarterback Jack West," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of indecisive

1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Indecisive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 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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dull or mediocre

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