1) ADJ-GRADED If you say that someone is indecisive, you mean that they find it very difficult to make decisions.

Michael was indecisive about how to decorate the room...

He was criticised as a weak and indecisive leader.

Derived words:
indecisiveness N-UNCOUNT oft with poss

The mayor was criticized by radical reformers for his indecisiveness.

2) ADJ An indecisive result in a contest or election is one which is not clear or definite.

An indecisive result would force a second round of voting...

The outcome of the battle was indecisive.


English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Indecisive — In de*ci sive, a. [Cf. F. ind[ e]cisif.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not decisive; not bringing to a final or ultimate issue; as, an indecisive battle, argument, answer. [1913 Webster] The campaign had everywhere been indecisive. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indecisive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not able to make decisions quickly and effectively. 2) not settling an issue: indecisive results. DERIVATIVES indecision noun indecisively adverb indecisiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • indecisive — index circumstantial, debatable, doubtful, equivocal, hesitant, inconclusive, indefinite, ineffective …   Law dictionary

  • indecisive — (adj.) 1726, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + DECISIVE (Cf. decisive). Related: Indecisively; indecisiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • indecisive — [adj] uncertain, indefinite astraddle, changeable, doubtful, faltering, halting, hemming and hawing*, hesitant, hesitating, hot and cold*, inconclusive, indeterminate, irresolute, of two minds*, on the fence*, tentative, unclear, undecided,… …   New thesaurus

  • indecisive — [in΄dē sī′siv, in΄disī′siv] adj. 1. not decisive; not conclusive or final 2. characterized by indecision; hesitating or vacillating indecisively adv. indecisiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • indecisive — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • indecisive — indecisively, adv. indecisiveness, n. /in di suy siv/, adj. 1. characterized by indecision, as persons; irresolute; undecided. 2. not decisive or conclusive: a severe but indecisive battle. 3. lacking definition; vague or indistinct: the… …   Universalium

  • indecisive — adjective /ˌɪndɪˈsaɪsɪv/ a) Not decisive; not marked by promptness or decision. They were all being very indecisive about what to wear to the party. b) inconclusive or uncertain The outcome of the race was so indecisive …   Wiktionary

  • indecisive — in|de|ci|sive [ˌındıˈsaısıv] adj 1.) unable to make clear decisions or choices ≠ ↑decisive ▪ a weak and indecisive leader 2.) not having a clear result = ↑inconclusive ▪ a confused, indecisive battle >indecisively adv >indecisiveness …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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