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indecisive

[in-di-sahy-siv] /ˌɪn dɪˈsaɪ sɪv/
adjective
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 indecisive outline of the distant hills.
Origin of indecisive
1720-1730
First recorded in 1720-30; in-3 + decisive
Related forms
indecisively, adverb
indecisiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. vacillating, hesitant, wavering.
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  • Better that he had been still silent, than speak that dubious, indecisive "Y—es."

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • If the push in the West is indecisive then our push is only to be postponed.

  • With the sinking of the sun ceased the bloody, prolonged, and indecisive struggle.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The battle was indecisive, but in its military effect it was a success for the North.

  • Accordingly the battle had an irregular and indecisive character.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
British Dictionary definitions for indecisive

indecisive

/ˌɪndɪˈsaɪsɪv/
adjective
1.
(of a person) vacillating; irresolute
2.
not decisive or conclusive
Derived Forms
indecision, indecisiveness, noun
indecisively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indecisive
adj.

1726, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + decisive. Related: Indecisively; indecisiveness.

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