- having the power or quality of deciding; putting an end to controversy; crucial or most important: Your argument was the decisive one.
- characterized by or displaying no or little hesitation; resolute; determined: The general was known for his decisive manner.
- indisputable; definite: a decisive defeat.
- unsurpassable; commanding: a decisive lead in the voting.
Origin of decisive
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Examples from the Web for decisiveness
He must be a symbol of decisiveness, wisdom, and compassion.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
Nothing like a former Communist country to show how to handle a problem—they have a long ignoble history of decisiveness.Thank You, Croatia: All Hail Mandatory Vaccinations
March 27, 2014
Indeed, the public—and not just through the mainstream media—were voicing a hunger for decisiveness.You Missed It, Mofaz
July 9, 2012
Finally he spoke with the decisiveness characteristic of him.Within the Law
It had lost something of its harshness––something, too, of its decisiveness.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
The conclusion is expressed with a decisiveness that almost seems crude.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
"You must leave her," she urged, with a new touch of decisiveness.Jennie Gerhardt
Abruptly Parish Thornton admonished him in the quiet tone of decisiveness.The Roof Tree
Charles Neville Buck
- influential; conclusivea decisive argument
- characterized by the ability to make decisions, esp quickly; resolute
Word Origin and History for decisiveness
1610s, from Medieval Latin decisivus, from Latin decis-, past participle stem of decidere (see decide). Related: Decisively; decisiveness.