indecisive

[ in-di-sahy-siv ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈsaɪ sɪv /

adjective

characterized by indecision, as persons; irresolute; undecided.
not decisive or conclusive: a severe but indecisive battle.
lacking definition; vague or indistinct: the indecisive outline of the distant hills.

Nearby words

  1. indecent exposure,
  2. indeciduate,
  3. indeciduous,
  4. indecipherable,
  5. indecision,
  6. indecl.,
  7. indeclinable,
  8. indecomposable,
  9. indecorous,
  10. indecorum

Origin of indecisive

First recorded in 1720–30; in-3 + decisive

Related formsin·de·ci·sive·ly, adverbin·de·ci·sive·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for indecisive

indecisive

/ (ˌɪndɪˈsaɪsɪv) /

adjective

(of a person) vacillating; irresolute
not decisive or conclusive
Derived Formsindecision or indecisiveness, nounindecisively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for indecisive

indecisive

adj.

1726, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + decisive. Related: Indecisively; indecisiveness.

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