Origin of decisive
Examples from the Web for decisive
It is not a decisive war, with a single, signature victory, but a war of attrition.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Regardless of how it occurred, this gap was not decisive in a state where Braley lost by nearly 100,000 voters.Did a Flawed Computer Model Sabotage the Democrats?|Ben Jacobs|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was thought essential to strike hard and fast with maximum force in order to achieve quick, decisive victory.
In Paris, [French General Joseph] Gallieni felt this was the “decisive” day.
Scholars at least know what they are hoping for—decisive evidence and clear answers.
The modern law in countries which take their law from Rome has developed this decisive limitation.An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law|Roscoe Pound
The war has demonstrated very convincingly that the personal quality of the aviator often becomes the decisive factor.Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War|Frederick A. Talbot
His death gave fresh courage to his men, and Fabius gained a complete and decisive victory.A Smaller History of Rome|William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Corts, warned of the danger, took a decisive step to silence all such insinuations.Mexico|Susan Hale
The decisive incidents seem to be brought in like the deus ex machina of the later Greek drama.The Unseen World and Other Essays|John Fiske
British Dictionary definitions for decisive
Word Origin and History for decisive
1610s, from Medieval Latin decisivus, from Latin decis-, past participle stem of decidere (see decide). Related: Decisively; decisiveness.