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.

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. James Rauh:

    It’s clear that the status quo isn’t working. WMD designation would allow the federal government to activate unused and under-used resources to stop illicit fentanyl before it ever reaches our border, [FAF] encourages the Biden Administration to take this decisive and necessary action, giving illicit fentanyl the WMD designation it deserves.

  2. Jonas Fernandez:

    We will be decisive in the choice of the new European Commission head.

  3. Newt Gingrich:

    I think Donald Trump does not want to make a decision until the convention, i think that he is a very decisive person and in case of a few of us—I’m an example. There’s not much vetting to do. I mean, you guys have been all over me for a decade.

  4. Israel Ganor:

    The American-led campaign in Syria and Iran is too little and too late, and it will not lead as such to a military decisive victory on ISIS, this does not mean by any way that the U.S. should adopt savage policy, illegal or immoral military activity. There is a lot that still can be done and improve without adopting such policies.

  5. Theresa Reidy:

    External factors are the main risk for the Irish economy, should they deteriorate and require an unstable government unsure of its majority to take decisive action, that could become a problem.

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