Definition of inconclusive in US English:



  • Not leading to a firm conclusion; not ending doubt or dispute.

    ‘the medical evidence is inconclusive’
    • ‘The first HSE investigation into the site, in 2001, produced inconclusive results.’
    • ‘The results were inconclusive and received mixed responses from listeners.’
    • ‘Other investigators have found negative or inconclusive results.’
    • ‘A post-mortem examination was inconclusive and further tests are being carried out to ascertain the exact cause of death.’
    • ‘Results were inconclusive but the paint is hoping for a late swing its way.’
    • ‘So far, the test results have been inconclusive and we don't know what is causing this.’
    • ‘And he offered to bring in an outside consultant if the results were inconclusive.’
    • ‘Results from studies of cognitive performance were inconclusive.’
    • ‘If the results are inconclusive, the examination should be repeated in two weeks.’
    • ‘If, as the report acknowledges, the available research is inconclusive, a cautionary approach would be wise.’
    • ‘Soya milk manufacturers say the evidence so far is inconclusive.’
    • ‘The inconclusive election result sparked a scramble to see which party could come up with a majority.’
    • ‘Autopsies on the cows found high levels of toxicity but the results were inconclusive.’
    • ‘These studies are conflicting and inconclusive as a result of problems in their design.’
    • ‘Demand remains sluggish and the inconclusive election result is unlikely to help matters.’
    • ‘However, Mr Howard said their conversation regarded an inconclusive video of the incident.’
    • ‘That meeting was inconclusive and they had to return at 10am for more discussions.’
    • ‘Police said last night that the results of post-mortem examinations on the two bodies had proved inconclusive.’
    • ‘In two words, Milton's case against censorship is inconclusive and qualified.’
    • ‘The results of most of the tests were inconclusive, although the canum did seem to allow me to hear nearby ducks remarkably clearly.’
    indecisive, proving nothing, resolving nothing, leaving matters open
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