the quality of determining an outcome or of settling or resolving a question: All the facts point to the decisiveness of that battle, to it being the turning point of the war.
the characteristic or practice of deciding or acting without hesitation; resoluteness: When buying real estate, decisiveness and patience are a rare but valuable and complementary combination.
the quality of being unquestionable or definite: This was the team’s most complete effort yet, as demonstrated by the decisiveness of the win—an impressive 62–21!
- non·de·ci·sive·ness, noun
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How to use decisiveness in a sentence
They acted in a civil, as I’ve already said, but a decisive and professional manner.Citizens are turning face recognition on unidentified police | Tate Ryan-Mosley | November 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
A few weeks later, the city’s Republican mayor took a rare trip to the Metropolitan Transit System to cast the decisive vote that made her the agency’s chair.
For that reason, only a small group of leading companies had taken decisive action before the pandemic hit.
In May, the International Red Cross and representatives of other groups called for “the world’s governments to take immediate and decisive action to prevent and stop cyberattacks” against the health sector.Hackers are trying to disrupt and steal COVID-19 vaccine research | Aaron Pressman | November 13, 2020 | Fortune
With a need for private and public partners to take decisive action, create long-term solutions, and safeguard families for both the present and the future.
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 | Regina Lizik | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Kent Sepkowitz | March 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rather, it takes strategy, sharp eyesight, a quick finger, and a right-now decisiveness to play the game well.
They typically step forward to calm the nerves, ease the panic, and provide rapid decisiveness for those too stunned to react.What It’s Like to Be in a Boston Emergency Room Today | Kent Sepkowitz | April 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But patients hate this—they want easy decisiveness and jolly confidence as we march calmly, peacefully over the horizon together.‘Mob Doctor’: Boring TV Show Misses the Mark on What Physicians Do | Kent Sepkowitz | September 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her death had never been even a remote possibility to his mind, though the parting had had the decisiveness of death.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
"Not much chance of that," said Aunt Maria with her usual decisiveness.Patchwork | Anna Balmer Myers
"Of course," said Buck, turning to him with sombre decisiveness.The Napoleon of Notting Hill | Gilbert K. Chesterton
The present, where we might expect the future, conveys the certainty and decisiveness of the result.Expositor's Bible: The Second Epistle to the Corinthians | James Denney
He is a most intelligent man, and speaks with such fluent decisiveness that all he says carries conviction.A Woman's Part in a Revolution | Natalie Harris Hammond