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decisive

[ dih-sahy-siv ]
/ dɪˈsaɪ sɪv /
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adjective

having the power or quality of deciding; putting an end to controversy; crucial or most important: Your argument was the decisive one.
characterized by or displaying no or little hesitation; resolute; determined: The general was known for his decisive manner.
indisputable; definite: a decisive defeat.
unsurpassable; commanding: a decisive lead in the voting.

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Origin of decisive

1605–15; < Medieval Latin dēcīsīvus, equivalent to Latin dēcīs(us) (see decision) + -īvus -ive
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decisive

/ (dɪˈsaɪsɪv) /

adjective

influential; conclusivea decisive argument
characterized by the ability to make decisions, esp quickly; resolute
Derived Formsdecisively, adverbdecisiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for decisiveness

decisive


adj.

1610s, from Medieval Latin decisivus, from Latin decis-, past participle stem of decidere (see decide). Related: Decisively; decisiveness.

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