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[dih-sahy-did] /dɪˈsaɪ dɪd/
in no way uncertain or ambiguous; unquestionable; unmistakable:
a decided victory.
free from hesitation or wavering; resolute; determined:
a decided approach to a problem.
Origin of decided
First recorded in 1780-90; decide + -ed2
Related forms
decidedly, adverb
decidedness, noun
predecided, adjective
well-decided, adjective
1. undeniable, indisputable, positive, certain, pronounced, definite, sure, indubitable. 2. resolved, unhesitating, unwavering.
1, 2. uncertain. Unabridged
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  • decidedly, Dick had been a godsend, and his absence would be a calamity.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • "But I do," said he so decidedly, that the girl looked at him surprised.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • But if few in number, the gathering was decidedly formidable in appearance.

  • decidedly, the time had come when definite action should not be delayed.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • This wood is stated to be decidedly superior to the last named.

British Dictionary definitions for decidedly


adjective (prenominal)
unmistakable: a decided improvement
determined; resolute: a girl of decided character
Derived Forms
decidedly, adverb
decidedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for decidedly



"resolute," 1790, past participle adjective from decide. A decided victory is one whose reality is not in doubt; a decisive one goes far toward settling some issue. Related: Decidedly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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