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indecisive

[in-di-sahy-siv] /ˌɪn dɪˈsaɪ sɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by indecision, as persons; irresolute; undecided.
2.
not decisive or conclusive:
a severe but indecisive battle.
3.
lacking definition; vague or indistinct:
the indecisive outline of the distant hills.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; in-3 + decisive
Related forms
indecisively, adverb
indecisiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. vacillating, hesitant, wavering.
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British Dictionary definitions for indecisiveness

indecisive

/ˌɪndɪˈsaɪsɪv/
adjective
1.
(of a person) vacillating; irresolute
2.
not decisive or conclusive
Derived Forms
indecision, indecisiveness, noun
indecisively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indecisiveness

indecisive

adj.

1726, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + decisive. Related: Indecisively; indecisiveness.

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