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decisive

[dih-sahy-siv] /dɪˈsaɪ sɪv/
adjective
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 hesitation; resolute; determined:
The general was known for his decisive manner.
3.
indisputable; definite:
a decisive defeat.
4.
unsurpassable; commanding:
a decisive lead in the voting.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin dēcīsīvus, equivalent to Latin dēcīs(us) (see decision) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
decisively, adverb
decisiveness, noun
nondecisive, adjective
nondecisively, adverb
nondecisiveness, noun
predecisive, adjective
predecisively, adverb
Synonyms
1. conclusive, final. 2. firm.
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British Dictionary definitions for decisiveness

decisive

/dɪˈsaɪsɪv/
adjective
1.
influential; conclusive: a decisive argument
2.
characterized by the ability to make decisions, esp quickly; resolute
Derived Forms
decisively, adverb
decisiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for decisiveness

decisive

adj.

1610s, from Medieval Latin decisivus, from Latin decis-, past participle stem of decidere (see decide). Related: Decisively; decisiveness.

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