Definition of inconclusive in English:



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

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