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[dih-sahy-did] /dɪˈsaɪ dɪd/
in no way uncertain or ambiguous; unquestionable; unmistakable:
a decided victory.
free from hesitation or wavering; resolute; determined:
a decided approach to a problem.
Origin of decided
1780-90; decide + -ed2
Related forms
decidedly, adverb
decidedness, noun
predecided, adjective
well-decided, adjective
1. undeniable, indisputable, positive, certain, pronounced, definite, sure, indubitable. 2. resolved, unhesitating, unwavering.
1, 2. uncertain. Unabridged
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  • My reaction to his speech, however, was decidedly mixed.
  • To study the biology of tameness, the scientists needed to create a group of decidedly untame animals.
  • The literature on the subject is decidedly mixed, she says, and more work is required.
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  • They are decidedly low-energy experiments, usually conducted on lab benches the size of dining-room tables.
  • The model is not the same as reality, and our models up until fractals and chaos were decidedly different from the natural world.
  • The pillow is, and will likely remain, a decidedly non-digital device.
  • The decidedly critical comments on the second page of the article may explain why the check never arrived.
  • The sounds of celebration, however, have been decidedly muted.
  • The cancer treatment is state-of-the-art, but the decor is decidedly behind the times.
British Dictionary definitions for decidedly


adjective (prenominal)
unmistakable: a decided improvement
determined; resolute: a girl of decided character
Derived Forms
decidedly, adverb
decidedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for decidedly



"resolute," 1790, past participle adjective from decide. A decided victory is one whose reality is not in doubt; a decisive one goes far toward settling some issue. Related: Decidedly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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