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

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

Synonyms for indecisive

1. vacillating, hesitant, wavering. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indecisiveness

Historical Examples of indecisiveness

  • The indecisiveness, or feebleness, of his movements was more pronounced.

    The Sea-Wolf

    Jack London

  • 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.


    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for indecisiveness



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