from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not conclusive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not conclusive in evidence or argument; not leading to a determination or conclusion; not decisive or convincing; indeterminate.
  • Not conclusive in action; reaching no definite conclusion or result; producing no conclusive effect; ineffective; inefficient: as, inconclusive experiments.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not conclusive; leading to no conclusion; not closing or settling a point in debate, or a doubtful question.

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  • adjective Not conclusive, not leading to a conclusion

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

  • adjective not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question


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