Definitions for decisivedɪˈsaɪ sɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•ci•sivedɪˈsaɪ sɪv(adj.)

  1. having the power to decide, end a controversy, or determine a result.

  2. resolute:

    a decisive manner.

  3. unquestionable; definite:

    a decisive lead.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of decisive:

1605–15; < ML


Princeton's WordNet

  1. decisive(adj)

    determining or having the power to determine an outcome

    "cast the decisive vote"; "two factors had a decisive influence"

  2. decisive(adj)


    "had a decisive lead in the polls"

  3. decisive(adj)

    characterized by decision and firmness

    "an able and decisive young woman"; "we needed decisive leadership"; "she gave him a decisive answer"

  4. critical, decisive(adj)

    forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

    "a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. decisive(adjective)ɪˈsaɪ sɪv

    important in determining a result

    a decisive moment in the campaign; Britain played a decisive role in the conflict.

  2. decisiveɪˈsaɪ sɪv

    ≠ indecisive

    Try to be more decisive.

  3. decisiveɪˈsaɪ sɪv

    (of victory or defeat) showing clearly who has won and lost

    a decisive win; The team won decisevely.; "No," he said decisively.; her confidence and decisiveness


  1. decisive(Adjective)

    Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive.

    A decisive battle is fatal for one side's war chances

  2. decisive(Adjective)

    Marked by promptness and decision.

    A noble instance of this attribute of the decisive character. -J. Foster.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decisive(adj)

    having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive

  2. Decisive(adj)

    marked by promptness and decision

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decisive' in Adjectives Frequency: #895

Translations for decisive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


final; putting an end to a contest, dispute etc

The battle was decisive.

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