inconclusive

[in-kuhn-kloo-siv]
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  1. not conclusive; not resolving fully all doubts or questions: inconclusive evidence.
  2. without final results or outcome: inconclusive experiments.

Origin of inconclusive

First recorded in 1680–90; in-3 + conclusive
Related formsin·con·clu·sive·ly, adverbin·con·clu·sive·ness, noun

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inconclusive

adjective
  1. not conclusive or decisive; not finally settled; indeterminate
Derived Formsinconclusively, adverbinconclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inconclusive
adj.

1680s (implied in inconclusiveness), from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + conclusive. Related: Inconclusively.

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