What does decisive mean?

Definitions for decisive
dɪˈsaɪ sɪvde·ci·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decisiveadjective

    determining or having the power to determine an outcome

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

  2. decisiveadjective


    "had a decisive lead in the polls"

  3. decisiveadjective

    characterized by decision and firmness

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

  4. critical, decisiveadjective

    forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

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


  1. decisiveadjective

    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. decisiveadjective

    Marked by promptness and decision.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Decisiveadjective

    Etymology: from decide.

    Such a reflection, though it carries nothing perfectly decisive in it, yet creates a mighty confidence in his breast, and strengthens him much in his opinion. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    This they are ready to look upon as a determination on their side, and decisive of the controversy between vice and virtue. John Rogers, Sermons.

    For on th’ event,
    Decisive of this bloody day, depends
    The fate of kingdoms. Philips.


  1. decisive

    Decisive refers to the ability to make decisions quickly, firmly, and clearly, often in a way that settles an argument or controversy. It can also describe something, like evidence or actions, that conclusively determines the outcome of a situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decisiveadjective

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

  2. Decisiveadjective

    marked by promptness and decision

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decisive in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decisive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of decisive in a Sentence

  1. Chris Stirewalt:

    I have every expectation that if this is a close election, whether its Democrat or Republican, the lawyers will be involved and itwill be acrimonious. We have been there before. The 2000 election was a thing, i think to Mollys point, I think to the larger issue, we are having a hard time and its a little bit in both parties, we dont trust the gatekeepers, we dont trust the referees... We dont have the confidence that people will accept outcomes. But, I have every confidence we will have a decisive election and that the loser will lose and the winner will win.

  2. Alireza Jafarzadeh:

    The nuclear talks over the past one year, in the absence of a decisive policy, has resulted in an emboldened regime in Iran which is much closer and more determined to build the nuclear bomb, easily evades sanctions and sells more oil, gets away with killing its protesters who want regime change and seek democracy.

  3. Yayi Boni:

    The discussions we have had with him reassure us, we are going to put an end to this odious phenomenon ... This summit will be decisive.

  4. Jason Napier:

    The approach we think that would protect medium term shareholder value best would be to take decisive action by raising capital up front, followed by balance sheet and business restructuring and a return to growth in the ongoing core bank.

  5. New Yorkers:

    You'll find me to be direct, straight-talking and decisive, i will not be deterred, and I am willing to be bloodied and marred in the pursuit of doing what's right for the people of this great state.

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. foreordained
    • B. butch
    • C. unsealed
    • D. occlusive

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