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[in-di-sahy-siv] /ˌɪn dɪˈsaɪ sɪv/
characterized by indecision, as persons; irresolute; undecided.
not decisive or conclusive:
a severe but indecisive battle.
lacking definition; vague or indistinct:
the indecisive outline of the distant hills.
Origin of indecisive
First recorded in 1720-30; in-3 + decisive
Related forms
indecisively, adverb
indecisiveness, noun
1. vacillating, hesitant, wavering. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for indecisively
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  • A bat circled near, indecisively, as if with a message it hesitated to give.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • indecisively she interlaced her fingers, and he, watching them, wondered why she had sent for him.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • Then, indecisively, she let the bridle rein fall on his neck.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • "We're thinking of taking the night plane to Winnipeg," he said indecisively.

  • Then he opened his mouth several times, but shut it indecisively.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • He left the shed; regained the road; and stopped, looking up and down, and all round him, indecisively.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • He was told that the children were in the schoolroom with Suzette, and thither he bent his steps, going slowly and indecisively.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • But it is the fate of these indecisively descriptive phrases to be misunderstood.

  • Much blood had already been shed, indecisively, and passions ran high.

  • It was while he paused there indecisively that a sight met his eye which spurred hesitancy to immediate action.

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for indecisively


(of a person) vacillating; irresolute
not decisive or conclusive
Derived Forms
indecision, indecisiveness, noun
indecisively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indecisively



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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