- not conclusive; not resolving fully all doubts or questions: inconclusive evidence.
- without final results or outcome: inconclusive experiments.
Origin of inconclusive
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unsettled, indecisive, indefinite.
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Examples from the Web for inconclusive
But the available evidence is inconclusive about the effect of a small increase.A Minimum Wage Increase Is Great, but Full Employment Would be Better
December 30, 2013
Indeed, the available evidence is inconclusive on what will happen to employment with an increase at these levels.Next Up for Democrats? A Push to Raise the Minimum Wage to $10
November 8, 2013
“Uncertain,” “inconclusive,” “probably”—one would be alarmed to read such nervous gossip in a hack showbiz biog.Did Hollywood Collaborate With Hitler? A New Book Makes Bold Claims.
September 9, 2013
As a result, late on Thursday, Mr. Bersani told Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano that his talks had been inconclusive.The State of Italy's Political System is... Terrible
March 29, 2013
There was no direct retaliation—only a lot of inconclusive inquiries.Where’s the Retaliation for American Deaths in Benghazi and Algeria?
January 24, 2013
Seems they had a bet on, and their last game was inconclusive.The Players
Everett B. Cole
But all this was inconclusive, for the reason that Mrs. Smiley was not fastened as she is now.The Shadow World
This is what renders any theoretical appraisal so inconclusive.The New World of Islam
But while as matter of logic it is inconclusive, as matter of fact it is chimerical.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
But this argument of Maimonides is very weak and inconclusive.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
- not conclusive or decisive; not finally settled; indeterminate
Word Origin and History for inconclusive
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