decisive
adjective Date: 1611 1. having the power or quality of deciding <
a decisive battle
>
2. resolute, determined <
a decisive manner
>
3. unmistakable, unquestionable <
a decisive superiority
>
Synonyms: see conclusivedecisively adverbdecisiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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