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- 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.
Origin of indecisive
Related formsin·de·ci·sive·ly, adverbin·de·ci·sive·ness, noun
First recorded in 1720–30; in-3
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Related Words for indecisivenessoscillation
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Historical Examples of indecisiveness
The indecisiveness, or feebleness, of his movements was more pronounced.
He had none of the “indecisiveness which commonly renders literary men of no use in the world” (Sir John Dalrymple).
The indecisiveness which never dared to grasp the thistle firmly was troubling him with a new dilemma.
British Dictionary definitions for indecisiveness
Derived Formsindecision or indecisiveness, nounindecisively, adverb
- (of a person) vacillating; irresolute
- not decisive or conclusive
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Word Origin and History for indecisiveness
1726, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + decisive. Related: Indecisively; indecisiveness.
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