Definition of indecisive in English:



  • 1Not settling an issue.

    ‘these experimental results are indecisive’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Saying ‘maybe’ or any other indecisive response, practically counts as ‘no’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In May 2005 a campaign that never caught fire issued, perhaps inevitably, in a curiously indecisive result.’
    • ‘Throughout the year, battles such as Loos were indecisive and led to little movement in the lines of trenches.’
    • ‘The Sri Lankan election held last Friday has resulted in an indecisive outcome that can only lead to further political volatility.’
    • ‘Millions of bank customers are still shaking their heads at the indecisive outcome of Tuesday's hole-in-the-wall discussions in Harrogate.’
    • ‘If the result remains indecisive, the coalition still loses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When it occurred, battle was thus costly and usually indecisive.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was time to make up his mind, yet he was still indecisive.’
    • ‘More important, he was indecisive and failed to grow in his job.’
    • ‘She's indecisive, she's basically paralyzed by some romantic notion of the way things should be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For weeks, I was completely indecisive about what I would call the new column.’
    • ‘Writing that includes a mixture of cursive and printing styles shows that you are indecisive.’
    • ‘‘Pochles’ is used to describe a person who is physically inept and indecisive in his actions.’
    • ‘He was a poor administrator, he was indecisive, and he seemed unable to make hard decisions.’
    • ‘He is desperate, he is indecisive, and he is divisive.’
    • ‘I was curious abut this - the idea of vocation, and how it is found, intrigues me, as I am so indecisive!’
    • ‘It's a clarion call to the meek, the mild-mannered and the indecisive.’
    • ‘People may say you are too indecisive, but it's only because you want to do what's right.’
    • ‘Soldiers who do not remain calm or are indecisive quickly lose their ability to resist.’
    • ‘If he was occasionally indecisive, it was because he was painfully cognisant that lives hung on his decisions.’
    • ‘Supposing for example that you have Mars in Libra: this makes people very indecisive.’
    irresolute, hesitant, tentative, weak
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