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Line breaks: de|cisive
Pronunciation: /dɪˈsʌɪsɪv

Definition of decisive in English:


1Settling an issue; producing a definite result: the archers played a decisive part in the victory a decisive battle
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  • That goal proved crucial as it was the only decisive result between the top four teams.
  • In 1918 across the Western Front and in Italy the decisive final battles of the war were fought.
  • Holland is expected to deliver a similarly decisive result when a referendum is held there tomorrow.
deciding, conclusive, determining, final, settling, key;
pivotal, critical, crucial, momentous, significant, influential, important, major, chief, principal, prime, paramount
2Having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively: she had an image of being tough and decisive he handled the situation in a calm, decisive way
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  • But the motives of many are a more base fear of the side effects of doing anything decisive.
  • The firm and decisive action taken indicates how seriously the ECB and the club have treated the case.
  • You may be frustrated with him or her for not being very decisive.


early 17th century: from French décisif, -ive, from medieval Latin decisivus, from decis- 'determined', from the verb decidere (see decide).



Example sentences
  • The police reluctance to act decisively sends out entirely the wrong message to the youths, who will feel they are beyond the law.
  • It was the introduction of Mark Corcoran, however, which decisively swung the game in the home side's favour.
  • This mounting agriculture crisis requires a solid plan of action that is decisively executed.


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  • Apparently his decisiveness, his so-called ‘manliness’ is appealing.
  • After Bali, she showed more leadership and decisiveness.
  • His eyes reflected the sort of decisiveness one might expect in a medical man, but they also showed a measure of serenity that seemed oddly out of place.

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