Definition of undecided in English:



  • 1(of a person) not having made a decision.

    ‘the jury remained undecided’
    • ‘Three people were undecided and two said they would not vote.’
    • ‘I'm undecided and probably will be for quite a while.’
    • ‘A lot of people are undecided about whether that's good or bad.’
    • ‘I am undecided as to whether this is a good idea, since some people can't help themselves in saying odd things anonymously, but I shall err of the side of laissez-faire.’
    • ‘If you are still undecided about going to college or sixth form after your GCSE results, the knowledge that cash is available to help you continue your studies might swing the balance.’
    • ‘I'm completely undecided until the final minute.’
    • ‘I am still undecided as to whether it was actually a good plan or not to quit my job and come home to Swindon.’
    • ‘We were undecided whether to go into cattle or sheep milk production, but decided to go with sheep as there was a clear market demand and no problems with milk quotas.’
    • ‘But, in that poll, there's no proclamation of how many people are truly undecided.’
    • ‘But I guess there are some really undecided people.’
    • ‘He was talking about how great it'd be to have a boy for the past 9 months, and they had the boy's name all set (they were still undecided on the girl's name).’
    • ‘But there was a small group of undecided members.’
    • ‘The number of undecided voters in the electorate is unusually small this year, he added, meaning the contest is unlikely to shift dramatically in either direction.’
    • ‘I'm undecided on what to do, other than take a break after this.’
    • ‘Well now, I must admit this is a new one on me; not something I had ever heard of before and at this point in time I am undecided whether to feel embarrassingly demure and uneducated or fiercely proud and superior.’
    • ‘There are an awful lot of undecided people still, and the question remains whether those undecideds coalesce around another candidate.’
    • ‘But historically, many undecided voters make their decision during the past month or even the last few days of an election season.’
    • ‘I am still undecided about the decision I am about to make.’
    • ‘While this debate will certainly reinforce decided voters' existing positions, it didn't strike me as a mind-changer for undecided voters.’
    • ‘Although I'm generally undecided about legalizing gambling, I strongly support legalizing poker, e.g. California.’
    unsure, uncertain, doubtful, dubious, unresolved, indecisive, irresolute, hesitant, tentative, wavering, vacillating, oscillating, equivocating, dithering, uncommitted, floating, shilly-shallying, wobbling, vague, hazy, unclear, ambivalent, in two minds, torn, split
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    1. 1.1 Not settled or resolved.
      ‘the match was still undecided’
      • ‘The film's end is open and undecided not only narratively, but also with regard to its underlying vision of the universe.’
      • ‘Some disputes are better left undecided in the annals of history.’
      • ‘So far, Republicans have added three seats in the Senate, with two races still undecided, and four seats in the House, with one race still undecided.’
      • ‘It's because central government is so undecided it has lost control, and everything is governed locally.’
      • ‘The Conservatives lost only one seat, with two Gosport seats still left undecided due to recounts on Monday’
      • ‘The only thing that was left undecided was who would play the main stars.’
      • ‘The GOP, meanwhile, had a 227-203 edge in the House, a gain of at least three seats, with four races still undecided at press time.’
      • ‘There is one seat still undecided in Hawaii, which will be determined by the voters on January 4.’
      • ‘With four races undecided, the Republicans won 227 House seats, the Democrats, 203, and there was one independent.’
      • ‘But have some of these arguments been left undecided by the Full Court?’
      • ‘Republicans get 220 seats; Democrats 211 seats and independents two seats, with two races undecided.’
      • ‘Even though press attention has focussed on the undecided question of control of the internet, at the start of the process there were widely varying views on just about every aspect of the internet.’
      unresolved, yet to be decided, uncertain, unsure, unclear, unsettled, indefinite
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  • A person who has not decided how they are going to vote in an election.

    ‘20 per cent of the population describe themselves as undecideds’
    • ‘Others believe there's another 6 to 8 percent beyond the undecideds who could change their minds depending on circumstances.’
    • ‘But, if I had to peg the undecideds who will ultimately tilt this election, I think they'll go with the guy they think has ‘the right stuff.’’
    • ‘Can it sway the undecideds and thereby affect the election itself, or will only partisans fork out their money for a ticket?’
    • ‘However, my observation is that, in presidential elections, the undecideds tend to vote against major change.’
    • ‘This meant that at every turn the campaign chose caution over boldness so as not to offend the undecideds who, as a group, long to be soothed and reassured rather than challenged and inspired.’
    • ‘The polls are all wrong - it's the undecideds that matter’
    • ‘And the other reason is, we all know that this is a really divided electorate, and that there are fewer undecideds this year than in previous cycles.’
    • ‘While the split among these so-called undecideds helped make the election as close as it was, they are not a meaningful political constituency.’
    • ‘And my sense would be those undecideds may want to eventually vote for the winner.’
    • ‘This election will not be over until the undecideds decide’
    • ‘They help undecideds choose a candidate based on what that person is concerned about.’
    • ‘I'm tired of the weak-kneed undecideds in the swing states.’
    • ‘Notice that the number of undecideds, while small (typical, this late in the campaign), are still enough to tip the election either way.’
    • ‘If not, undecideds will not show up to vote, and the president will win.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this race is so tight that systematic error, and late-breaking undecideds, overwhelm the predictive power of the averages.’
    • ‘It was a close election until the final days, when a majority of the undecideds voted Tory.’
    • ‘Everything you do from day one should be about identifying your supporters and persuading your undecideds in order to aggressively get them out to vote on election day.’
    • ‘He did nothing, less than nothing, to reach out to undecideds or swing voters or anyone who wasn't already committed to the ticket.’
    • ‘Nearly half those who said they would support Issue Two would have had to vote against it, along with all the undecideds.’
    • ‘It looks like the intent was to throw something out at the last minute so no one would have time to investigate, they'd hold the vote right then and the undecideds would be swayed against him.’