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inconclusive

[in-kuh n-kloo-siv] /ˌɪn kənˈklu sɪv/
adjective
1.
not conclusive; not resolving fully all doubts or questions:
inconclusive evidence.
2.
without final results or outcome:
inconclusive experiments.
Origin of inconclusive
1680-1690
1680-90; in-3 + conclusive
Related forms
inconclusively, adverb
inconclusiveness, noun
Synonyms
unsettled, indecisive, indefinite.
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  • We need not, however, spend much time on the well-worn but inconclusive arguments of the older critics.

  • But all this was inconclusive, for the reason that Mrs. Smiley was not fastened as she is now.

    The Shadow World Hamlin Garland
  • Gideon Whipple mercifully broke in while Harvey D. floundered upon an inconclusive period.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • His opening speech, tame and inconclusive, discouraged his own followers.

  • He was interesting and inconclusive, and the original papers to which he referred her discursive were at best only suggestive.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for inconclusive

inconclusive

/ˌɪnkənˈkluːsɪv/
adjective
1.
not conclusive or decisive; not finally settled; indeterminate
Derived Forms
inconclusively, adverb
inconclusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inconclusive
adj.

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

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