Definition of indecisive in US English:



  • 1Not settling an issue.

    ‘these experimental results are indecisive’
    • ‘In May 2005 a campaign that never caught fire issued, perhaps inevitably, in a curiously indecisive result.’
    • ‘Though manœuvring went on for four days and a good deal of damage was inflicted, the result was indecisive, no ships being captured or sunk.’
    • ‘If the result remains indecisive, the coalition still loses.’
    • ‘In October, a battle was fought at Edgehill but neither side won it and from a military point of view it was an indecisive battle.’
    • ‘The first was a fairly indecisive battle at Lansdown, just outside Bath, which saw the royalist forces badly mauled as they foolishly attempted an assault of the northern ridge.’
    • ‘Millions of bank customers are still shaking their heads at the indecisive outcome of Tuesday's hole-in-the-wall discussions in Harrogate.’
    • ‘When it occurred, battle was thus costly and usually indecisive.’
    • ‘Saying ‘maybe’ or any other indecisive response, practically counts as ‘no’.’
    • ‘The Sri Lankan election held last Friday has resulted in an indecisive outcome that can only lead to further political volatility.’
    • ‘Throughout the year, battles such as Loos were indecisive and led to little movement in the lines of trenches.’
    inconclusive, proving nothing, settling nothing, open, indeterminate, undecided, unsettled, borderline, indefinite, unclear, ambiguous, contradictory, ambivalent, conflicting, confusing, two-edged, double-edged, paradoxical
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  • 2(of a person) not having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively.

    • ‘Supposing for example that you have Mars in Libra: this makes people very indecisive.’
    • ‘The Celtic manager is the first to confess he is indecisive when it comes to signings, and he has a habit of holding off until the last gasp before committing to player recruitment.’
    • ‘He was a poor administrator, he was indecisive, and he seemed unable to make hard decisions.’
    • ‘More important, he was indecisive and failed to grow in his job.’
    • ‘Or if you are very indecisive, you might have to go shopping every day because you don't know which type of socks to buy.’
    • ‘These persons are not usually suited to executive positions, since they are often indecisive.’
    • ‘He's indecisive to a point, but I think he's an immensely forceful character in parts of the play and not just when he's arguing with me.’
    • ‘It's a clarion call to the meek, the mild-mannered and the indecisive.’
    • ‘He is desperate, he is indecisive, and he is divisive.’
    • ‘An orchestra wants to be told what to do without hesitation or conference and a conductor who involves the orchestra in decision making is perceived to be weak and indecisive.’
    • ‘People may say you are too indecisive, but it's only because you want to do what's right.’
    • ‘For weeks, I was completely indecisive about what I would call the new column.’
    • ‘She's indecisive, she's basically paralyzed by some romantic notion of the way things should be.’
    • ‘If he was occasionally indecisive, it was because he was painfully cognisant that lives hung on his decisions.’
    • ‘It was time to make up his mind, yet he was still indecisive.’
    • ‘At best they are indecisive, and at the end they are completely unable to reach a position because their various representations prohibit them from doing so.’
    • ‘I was curious abut this - the idea of vocation, and how it is found, intrigues me, as I am so indecisive!’
    • ‘Soldiers who do not remain calm or are indecisive quickly lose their ability to resist.’
    • ‘‘Pochles’ is used to describe a person who is physically inept and indecisive in his actions.’
    • ‘Writing that includes a mixture of cursive and printing styles shows that you are indecisive.’
    irresolute, hesitant, tentative, weak
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