undecided

adjective

un·​de·​cid·​ed ˌən-di-ˈsī-dəd How to pronounce undecided (audio)
1
: not having made a decision
undecided voters
… jurors announced they had reached verdicts on some counts, but remained undecided on some of the most serious charges.David A. Kaplan
2
: not having an answer or result : not yet determined or settled
an undecided question/issue

Examples of undecided in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 10% of swing state voters remain undecided, according to an April 2 poll from the Wall Street Journal. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 About 26% of likely Republican primary voters were still undecided, according to the poll memo. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2024 Steve Macias, a Latino voter in Arizona who backed Trump in 2020 but is so far undecided this year, says the candidates' stances and proposals on immigration will be a deciding factor. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 20 Mar. 2024 March 1, 2024 The poll shows Garvey is favored by 27% of likely voters, followed by Schiff with 25%, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) with 19% and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) with 8%, while 12% of likely voters pick a different candidate and 9% are undecided. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2024 No Party Preference voters were on the fence, with 49% saying yes and 36% saying no, with another 15% undecided. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 4 Mar. 2024 But in a surprising twist, Friday’s Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll taken just a week before the March 5 primary Election Day found 27% of likely voters supporting Garvey, 25% Schiff, 19% Porter and 8% Lee, with 12% split among 23 other candidates and 9% undecided. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, 1 Mar. 2024 In that poll, the first independent poll of the race, Braun holds a commanding double-digit lead over his opponents, but a sizeable 43% are undecided. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Mar. 2024 With Biden and Trump both so well-known, the number of undecided voters in 2024 may be smaller than ever, but the classic formulation of American politics still holds true: Winning requires capturing the center. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Undecided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undecided. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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undecided

adjective
un·​de·​cid·​ed
ˌən-di-ˈsīd-əd
1
: not yet decided : not settled
the question is still undecided
2
: not having decided : uncertain what to do
still undecided about it
undecidedly adverb

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