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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.

WHAT IS INDECISIVE

Definition

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

Etymology

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”.

Examples

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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