Definition of inconclusive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnkənˈkluːsɪv/


Not leading to a firm conclusion or result; not ending doubt or dispute: three years of inconclusive negotiations the medical evidence is inconclusive
More example sentences
  • The first HSE investigation into the site, in 2001, produced inconclusive results.
  • And he offered to bring in an outside consultant if the results were inconclusive.
  • The inconclusive election result sparked a scramble to see which party could come up with a majority.
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
informal up in the air, left hanging



Pronunciation: /ɪnkənˈkluːsɪvli/
Example sentences
  • Naturally, in every case I hoped to unearth photographs proving inconclusively that I'm not the only one whose physique's been ravaged by time, calories and a fanatical inattention to exercise.
  • That night's discussion ended inconclusively but has kept me wondering about the real state of visual literacy and intelligence in our land.
  • With neither at full gallop, the game swayed inconclusively from one to the other, each team ceding dominance as quickly as they claimed it.


Pronunciation: /ɪnkənˈkluːsɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • Tinder, therefore, properly relativizes civilization by affirming the imperfection and inconclusiveness of every human order, Christian or not.
  • Despite and perhaps because of their inconclusiveness, these timber studies offer an illuminating chapter in environmental history.
  • Its inconclusiveness demonstrated its futility.

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