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1Settling an issue; producing a definite result:‘the archers played a decisive part in the victory’‘a decisive battle’
deciding, conclusive, determining, final, settling, keyView synonyms
- ‘Holland is expected to deliver a similarly decisive result when a referendum is held there tomorrow.’
- ‘That goal proved crucial as it was the only decisive result between the top four teams.’
- ‘Back at the summit, I believe the new rules could well play a decisive role in determining who comes out on top.’
- ‘The findings were so decisive and conclusive as to leave absolutely no room for argument.’
- ‘The decisive battle was fought in Ireland.’
- ‘Unfortunately, a heavy price had been paid for the decisive victory that morning.’
- ‘David Jack was again the goal hero in the final, making the decisive strike 15 minutes from the end.’
- ‘In the event, these were to make a decisive contribution to the final outcome of the Cold War.’
- ‘Today's game will be so tight that a single mishap could prove decisive.’
- ‘In 1918 across the Western Front and in Italy the decisive final battles of the war were fought.’
- ‘We are at a decisive moment in British politics where Europe is concerned.’
- ‘This election was perhaps the first one in which the electronic media played a decisive role.’
- ‘Tracing back their lives, the survey found that in almost every case the decisive factor had been marriage.’
- ‘The vote was a decisive and important one as it was his first time as leader facing the public.’
- ‘I agree with that analysis and I regard it as decisive of the issue which is before us in this case.’
- ‘Gillingham scored the decisive goal only six minutes after Cox's red card.’
- ‘Wind and weather have frequently played a decisive role in battles or campaigns.’
- ‘This means that it is a matter for the judge, and expert evidence will not be decisive.’
- ‘The artillery was expected to play a decisive role in the opening stages of a battle.’
- ‘It was the decisive land battle of the Second World War and saw armoured and aerial clashes on a ferocious scale.’
2Having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively:‘she had an image of being tough and decisive’‘he handled the situation in a calm, decisive way’
resolute, firm, strong-minded, strong-willed, determinedView synonyms
- ‘Kyle Robson, 18, from Peatmoor, is more decisive and thinks the voting age is fine as it is.’
- ‘Like Clifford, he is decisive and very skilled at pushing agendas through.’
- ‘He not only looked but sounded much more assured, and a great deal more decisive than he has lately been given credit for.’
- ‘The firm and decisive action taken indicates how seriously the ECB and the club have treated the case.’
- ‘But the motives of many are a more base fear of the side effects of doing anything decisive.’
- ‘You may be frustrated with him or her for not being very decisive.’
- ‘It helped a bit, too, that there was a quality, decisive referee to oversee the action.’
Early 17th century: from French décisif, -ive, from medieval Latin decisivus, from decis- determined, from the verb decidere (see decide).
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