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

  • adj. Prone to or characterized by indecision; irresolute: an indecisive manager.
  • adj. Inconclusive: an indecisive contest; an indecisive battle.
  • adj. Not clearly defined; indefinite: indecisive boundaries running through mountainous terrain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not decisive; not marked by promptness or decision.
  • adj. inconclusive or uncertain

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not decisive; not bringing to a final or ultimate issue.
  • adj. Undetermined; prone to indecision; irresolute; unsettled; wavering; vacillating; hesitating

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not decisive; not bringing to a decision; inconclusive.

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

  • adj. not definitely settling something
  • adj. not clearly defined
  • adj. characterized by lack of decision and firmness


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