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decisive

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of decisive

  1. 1 fully committed to achieving a goal only a team with a decisive attitude is going to win a state championship Synonyms of decisive bent (on or upon), bound, determined, do-or-die, firm, hell-bent (on or upon), intent, out, purposeful, resolute, resolved, set, single-mindedWords Related to decisive bitter, vehement; certain, cocksure, confident, positive, sure; earnest, serious; steady, unfaltering, unhesitating, unswerving, unwavering; adamant, adamantine, dogged, hard, hardened, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, persistent, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, tenacious, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful)Near Antonyms of decisive distrustful, doubtful, dubious, mistrustful, skeptical, suspicious, uncertain, unconvinced, undecided, unsettled, unsure; disinclined, indisposed, loath (also loth or loathe), reluctantAntonyms of decisive faltering, hesitant, indecisive, irresolute, undetermined, unresolved, vacillating, wavering, weak-kneed

  2. 2 having the power to persuade a lawyer who knows how to construct the kind of decisive argument that sways a jury Synonyms of decisive compelling, conclusive, convincing, cogent, effective, forceful, persuasive, satisfying, strong, tellingWords Related to decisive authoritative, definitive; sound, valid, well-founded; important, significant, weighty; material, pertinent, relevantNear Antonyms of decisive groundless, invalid, shaky, unfounded, unsound; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; immaterial, irrelevant; feeble, weakAntonyms of decisive inconclusive, indecisive, ineffective, uncompelling, unconvincing, unpersuasive

  3. 3 serving to put an end to all debate or questioning the decisive finding of the coroner regarding the cause of death Synonyms of decisive absolute, clear, deciding, conclusive, definitive, lastWords Related to decisive determinate, determinative, dispositive, hands-down, inarguable, incontestable, incontrovertible, indisputable, indubitable, irrefutable, unanswerable, undebatable, undeniable, undisputable, unquestionable; unchallenged, uncontested, undisputed; unambiguous, unequivocal; certain, definite, positive, sure; cogent, compelling, convincing, persuasive, tellingNear Antonyms of decisive debatable, disputable, doubtable, doubtful, moot, problematic (also problematical), questionable, refutable; ambiguous, equivocal; controversial, debated, disputedAntonyms of decisive inconclusive, indecisive, unclear

Synonym Discussion of decisive

conclusive, decisive, determinative, definitive mean bringing to an end. conclusive applies to reasoning or logical proof that puts an end to debate or questioning.
    • conclusive evidence
decisive may apply to something that ends a controversy, a contest, or any uncertainty.
    • a decisive battle
determinative adds an implication of giving a fixed character or direction.
    • the determinative factor in the court's decision
definitive applies to what is put forth as final and permanent.
    • the definitive biography


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