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 formsde·cid·ed·ly, adverbde·cid·ed·ness, nounpre·de·cid·ed, adjectivewell-de·cid·ed, adjective

Synonyms for decided

Antonyms for decided

1, 2. uncertain. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for decidedly

Contemporary Examples of decidedly

Historical Examples of decidedly

  • Decidedly, Dick had been a godsend, and his absence would be a calamity.


    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.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • This wood is stated to be decidedly superior to the last named.

British Dictionary definitions for decidedly


adjective (prenominal)

unmistakablea decided improvement
determined; resolutea girl of decided character
Derived Formsdecidedly, adverbdecidedness, 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