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What Is Indecisive? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS INDECISIVE – In this topic, we will first know the definition of the term “indecisive” and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary described this term as the following:

  • not settling an issue.
  • not having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • marked by or prone to indecision, irresolute
  • not decisive, inconclusive
  • not clearly marked out, indefinite

Synonyms and Antonyms

Here are the following synonyms and antonyms of this term:

  • Synonyms
    • inconclusive
    • proving nothing
    • open
    • indeterminate
    • undecided
    • unsettled
    • borderline
    • unclear
    • ambiguous
    • irresolute
    • hesitant
    • tentative
    • weak
    • vacillating
    • dithering
  • Antonyms
    • decisive
    • deciding
    • conclusive
    • determining
    • final
    • setting
    • resolute
    • firm
    • strong-minded


It is the combination of the English suffix in- and the term decisive, its antonym. The term decisive is derived from the French décisif and -ive, which is derived from the Latin term decisivus, which came from decis- which means “determined”.


Here are some of the examples:

  • She’s always been very indecisive.
  • In 1342 he went to Brittany and fought an indecisive campaign against the French.
  • This indecisive attitude did not last long, and the split in the party rapidly widened.
  • The engagement was indecisive in its results, but the Union commander’s purpose, to hold Hood momentarily in check was gained, and Hood’s effort to crush Schofield was unavailing.

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