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[in-kuh n-kloo-siv] /ˌɪn kənˈklu sɪv/
not conclusive; not resolving fully all doubts or questions:
inconclusive evidence.
without final results or outcome:
inconclusive experiments.
Origin of inconclusive
1680-90; in-3 + conclusive
Related forms
inconclusively, adverb
inconclusiveness, noun
unsettled, indecisive, indefinite. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inconclusive
  • Skeletal evidence of possible interbreeding is sparse, contentious and inconclusive.
  • Dye tracing, so far, has been inconclusive in finding a source of this river.
  • She says the studies that have found no link between autism and vaccines are inconclusive.
  • The answers were inconclusive and then stopped altogether.
  • Since the path and distance actually traversed by neutrinos is not precisely determinable, this result is inconclusive.
  • Interesting article, though, if pretty inconclusive.
  • The explanations become steadily more absurd and inconclusive.
  • Disappointingly, the six-month inquiry was inconclusive.
  • Initial tests of the idea were encouraging but inconclusive.
  • Studies on cellphones and cancer have been inconclusive.
British Dictionary definitions for inconclusive


not conclusive or decisive; not finally settled; indeterminate
Derived Forms
inconclusively, adverb
inconclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inconclusive

1680s (implied in inconclusiveness), from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + conclusive. Related: Inconclusively.

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