Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the power to decide; conclusive.
  • adj. Characterized by decision and firmness; resolute.
  • adj. Beyond doubt; unmistakable: a decisive defeat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive.
  • adj. Marked by promptness and decision.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive.
  • adj. Marked by promptness and decision.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power or quality of determining a question, doubt, contest, event, etc.; final; conclusive; putting an end to controversy: as, the opinion of the court is decisive on the question.
  • Marked by decision or prompt determination.
  • n. A decisive thing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. determining or having the power to determine an outcome
  • adj. characterized by decision and firmness
  • adj. forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis
  • adj. unmistakable

Etymologies

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Examples

  • SESAY: The Iraqi prime minister has announces what he calls a decisive offensive in the northern city of Mosul.

    CNN Transcript Jan 25, 2008

  • Meditating on the deep meaning of the Cross, Sanneh came to what he describes as a decisive conclusion: Suffering is not alien to the nature of God, as his Islamic teachers had insisted, but is at the heart of God's compassion.

    Giving Voice to the Global South

  • U. S.-led forces there say they are planning what they call decisive operations to reclaim two southern Afghan towns recently captured by Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Jul 18, 2006

  • The president saying all of these conflicts are connected in what he called the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century.

    CNN Transcript Aug 31, 2006

  • The president saying all of these conflicts are connected in what he calls the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century.

    CNN Transcript Aug 31, 2006

  • He is now framing the conflict a part of what he calls the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century against Islamic terrorists.

    CNN Transcript Aug 31, 2006

  • O'BRIEN: A top official in Spain's outgoing government says the investigation into the Madrid train bombings last week is what he calls a decisive phase.

    CNN Transcript Mar 17, 2004

  • The vice president has come home to Tennessee to wait out the election results and what he describes as a decisive moment in his quest for the presidency.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Gore and Bush Dominate in Super Tuesday Primaries and Caucuses - March 7, 2000

  • Here Castro restated his thanks to the Soviet Government for the material and political support received, which he called decisive for the consolidation and development of the revolution in this Caribbean island.

    COMMENTS ON PERON'S DEATH, U.S. RELATIONS

  • He said his top priority is to "maintain the momentum" on the battlefield by continuing to pursue the Taliban, especially in what he called the decisive terrain of southern Afghanistan that has been the Taliban's power base.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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