decisive

  • 1 Decisive — De*ci*sive, a. [Cf. F. d[ e]cisif. See {Decision}.] 1. Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive. A decisive, irrevocable doom. Bates. Decisive campaign.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 decisive — [dēsī′siv, disī′siv] adj. [ML decisivus < L decisus: see DECISION] 1. that settles or can settle a dispute, question, etc.; conclusive [decisive evidence] 2. determining or closely affecting what comes next; critically important; crucial [a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 decisive — I adjective absolute, assured, authoritative, beyond all dispute, beyond all question, categorical, certain, characterized by decision, clear, clearly defined, commanding, compelling, conclusive, conclusory, consequential, critical, crucial,… …

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  • 4 decisive — 1610s, from M.L. decisivus, from L. decis , pp. stem of decidere (see DECIDE (Cf. decide)). Related: Decisively …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 decisive — 1 *conclusive, determinative, definitive Analogous words: critical, crucial, *acute: momentous, significant, consequential, important (see corresponding nouns at IMPORTANCE) Antonyms: indecisive 2 *decided Analogous words: peremptory, imperative …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 decisive — [adj] definite absolute, all out*, assured, bent, certain, conclusive, crisp, critical, crucial, decided, definitive, determined, fateful, final, firm, flat out*, forceful, imperative, imperious, incisive, influential, intent, litmus test*,… …

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  • 7 decisive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) settling an issue quickly. 2) able to make decisions quickly. DERIVATIVES decisively adverb decisiveness noun …

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  • 8 decisive — adjective 1 a decisive step/role/battle etc an action, event etc that has a powerful effect on the final result of something: Waterloo was the decisive battle of the entire war. 2 good at making decisions quickly and with confidence: a decisive… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 decisive — de|ci|sive [dıˈsaısıv] adj 1.) an action, event etc that is decisive has a big effect on the way that something develops decisive factor/effect/influence etc ▪ Women can play a decisive role in the debate over cloning. decisive action/steps ▪ We… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 decisive — de|ci|sive [ dı saısıv ] adjective ** 1. ) making the final result of a situation completely certain: Gettysburg, site of the final, decisive battle of the Civil War Cleveland s reputation for reliability was the decisive factor in winning the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 decisive */*/ — UK [dɪˈsaɪsɪv] / US adjective 1) making the final result of a situation completely certain Gettysburg, site of the final, decisive battle of the Civil War Cleveland s reputation for reliability was the decisive factor in winning the contract. The …

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  • 12 decisive — [[t]dɪsa͟ɪsɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If a fact, action, or event is decisive, it makes it certain that there will be a particular result. ...his decisive victory in the presidential elections... The election campaign has now entered its final,… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 decisive — decided, decisive 1. Both words have to do with decision and decision making, and their meanings overlap; but there are clear differences. When used of people, decided means ‘having clear opinions’ and decisive means ‘able to decide quickly’;… …

    Modern English usage

  • 14 decisive — decisively, adv. decisiveness, n. /di suy siv/, adj. 1. having the power or quality of deciding; putting an end to controversy; crucial or most important: Your argument was the decisive one. 2. characterized by or displaying no or little… …

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  • 15 décisive — ● décisif, décisive adjectif (latin médiéval decisivus, du latin classique decidere, décider) Qui résout une difficulté en obligeant à opter pour une conclusion ; déterminant, concluant : Argument décisif. Propre à amener une solution définitive …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 16 decisive — [dɪˈsaɪsɪv] adj 1) if something is decisive, it makes the final result of a situation certain The UK has played a decisive role in these negotiations.[/ex] 2) a decisive victory or defeat is one in which the winner does much better than the LOSER …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 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 > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 decisive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove ADVERB ▪ potentially ▪ He had one potentially decisive factor in his favour/favor: the element of surprise. ▪ ultimately (esp. BrE …

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  • 19 decisive — adjective a) Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive. A decisive battle is fatal for one sides war chances b) Marked by promptness and decision. A noble… …

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  • 20 decisive — adjective 1) a decisive man Syn: resolute, firm, strong minded, strong willed, determined; purposeful, forceful, dead set, unwavering, unyielding, unbending, inflexible, unshakable, obstinate, stubborn, rock ribbed …

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