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Indecisive definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INDECI'SIVE, a. [in and decisive.] Not decisive; not bringing to a final close or ultimate issue; as an indecisive battle or engagement; an argument indecisive of the question.
1. Unsettled; wavering; vacillating; hesitating; as an indecisive state of mind; an indecisive character.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: characterized by lack of decision and firmness; "an indecisive manager brought the enterprise to a standstill" [ant: decisive]
2: not definitely settling something; "a long and indecisive war" [ant: decisive]
3: not clearly defined; "indecisive boundaries running through mountains"

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1726 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 indecisively adverb indecisiveness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 not decisive. 2 undecided, hesitating. Derivatives: indecisively adv. indecisiveness n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Indecisive In`de*ci"sive, a. [Cf. F. ind['e]cisif.] 1. Not decisive; not bringing to a final or ultimate issue; as, an indecisive battle, argument, answer. The campaign had everywhere been indecisive. --Macaulay. 2. Undetermined; prone to indecision; irresolute; unsettled; wavering; vacillating; hesitating; as, an indecisive state of mind; an indecisive character.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you say that someone is indecisive, you mean that they find it very difficult to make decisions. He was criticised as a weak and indecisive leader. ? decisive ADJ indecisiveness The mayor was criticized by radical reformers for his indecisiveness. N-UNCOUNT: oft with poss 2. An indecisive result in a contest or election is one which is not clear or definite. The outcome of the battle was indecisive. = inconclusive ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Inconclusive, not decisive. 2. Unsettled, wavering, vacillating, irresolute, hesitating, undecided.

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