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

First recorded in 1720–30; in-3 + decisive
Related formsin·de·ci·sive·ly, adverbin·de·ci·sive·ness, noun

Synonyms for indecisive

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1. vacillating, hesitant, wavering.
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Related Words for indecisively

suspiciously, indecisively, covertly, dully, indefinitely, secretly, vaguely, darkly, gloomily, hazily, indefinably, indistinctly, nebulously, thickly, unobtrusively

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Historical Examples of indecisively

  • A bat circled near, indecisively, as if with a message it hesitated to give.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Indecisively she interlaced her fingers, and he, watching them, wondered why she had sent for him.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • Then, indecisively, she let the bridle rein fall on his neck.

    Ewing\'s Lady

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "We're thinking of taking the night plane to Winnipeg," he said indecisively.

  • Then he opened his mouth several times, but shut it indecisively.

    The King of Schnorrers

    Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for indecisively


  1. (of a person) vacillating; irresolute
  2. not decisive or conclusive
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Derived Formsindecision or indecisiveness, nounindecisively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indecisively



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

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