Definition of decisiveness in US English:

decisiveness

noun

  • 1The ability to make decisions quickly and effectively.

    ‘the crisis will require leadership and decisiveness to resolve it’
    ‘he criticized the government for its lack of decisiveness’
    • ‘I hope that the leaders of this great nation will now show decisiveness and compassion, so as to mitigate the consequences of a terrible crime.’
    • ‘Most people admire decisiveness and despise vacillation.’
    • ‘She thinks decisiveness comes from having adequate information about the matters at hand.’
    • ‘From the start, Holliday and his team have made decisiveness one of their cardinal virtues.’
    • ‘Other, older players are discovering a quiet decisiveness under the German.’
    • ‘The new FDA commissioner is demonstrating an impressive decisiveness and understanding of agency bureaucracy.’
    • ‘Some years ago, I was in Judge Kessler's courtroom and admired the crisp decisiveness of her judicial temperament.’
    • ‘He had the decisiveness and political support to override grassroot prejudices to advance his country's interest.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, Smith feels the new restrictions can only engender more decisiveness in transfer decisions.’
    • ‘Those who say that he lacks decisiveness in his actions should reflect upon the decisions he made during our darkest hours.’
  • 2The conclusive nature of an issue that has been settled or a result that has been produced.

    ‘there was no doubting the decisiveness of his victory’
    ‘the decisiveness of the policy’
    • ‘But in addition to drama, a game must also have decisiveness: it should be possible ultimately for one player to achieve an advantage from which the other player cannot recover.’
    • ‘Emphasizing the importance of air support to tanks, he argued that such forces would restore mobility and decisiveness to warfare.’
    • ‘An official Air Force report, while careful to claim the "decisiveness of airpower," also decried the gradual approach of the war.’
    • ‘This study examined this contention to determine the decisiveness of non-lethal technologies as an element of military strategy.’
    • ‘Formed officially in 1775, the American Field Artillery has been the kingpin in the decisiveness of every key battle in which our country has participated.’
    • ‘The decisiveness of the defeat is a clear signal that change is going to come, that the old order and the old certainties are no more.’
    • ‘And he's going to win with the same decisiveness that the Red Sox won the series.’
    • ‘For Lismore however the decisiveness of the defeat is a setback, and they will have it all to do to get back into contention via the losers' group.’
    • ‘Sargent's work is marked by its exceptional lucidity, its exactness of expression and by the decisiveness of her results.’
    • ‘Any belief New Zealand had in repeating the victory they secured against Australia 12 months ago was shattered by the decisiveness of the Kangaroos' start to the second half.’

Pronunciation

decisiveness

/dəˈsaɪsəvnəs//dəˈsīsəvnəs/