View synonyms for inconclusive


[ in-kuhn-kloo-siv ]


  1. not conclusive; not resolving fully all doubts or questions:

    inconclusive evidence.

  2. without final results or outcome:

    inconclusive experiments.


/ ˌɪnkənˈkluːsɪv /


  1. not conclusive or decisive; not finally settled; indeterminate

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Derived Forms

  • ˌinconˈclusively, adverb
  • ˌinconˈclusiveness, noun

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Other Words From

  • incon·clusive·ly adverb
  • incon·clusive·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inconclusive1

First recorded in 1680–90; in- 3 + conclusive

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Example Sentences

A second opinion from James Andrews, a leading elbow expert, was inconclusive.

Studies of natural disasters have been similarly inconclusive.

An additional test taken Saturday morning “came back inconclusive” that night, he said, and Loeffler notified “those with whom she had sustained direct contact.”

The most important limitation of the study, the researchers wrote, is that “the findings are inconclusive.”

The board will say whether the vaccine is effective, doesn’t work, or that the trial should continue because the results are inconclusive.

From Fortune

But the available evidence is inconclusive about the effect of a small increase.

Indeed, the available evidence is inconclusive on what will happen to employment with an increase at these levels.

The initial military autopsy on Deirdre came back inconclusive as to the cause of her death.

“Uncertain,” “inconclusive,” “probably”—one would be alarmed to read such nervous gossip in a hack showbiz biog.

Yet so far, these studies have yielded inconclusive results.

His well-devised plan was defeated and the battle was as inconclusive as its predecessors.

And the same holds good of the other interesting but inconclusive parallels drawn by Dr. Cunliffe.

The drift towards independent labor politics, which many anticipate, also remains quite inconclusive.

For species on which I have few observations or rather inconclusive evidence, the circumstance of inadequate data is mentioned.

I thought that for a great lawyer, this style of proof was much too negative and inconclusive.


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