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Definition 1: determining or having the power to determine an outcome - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where decisive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cast the decisive vote
  • two factors had a decisive influence

(decisive is similar to ...) having the power or quality of deciding

"the crucial experiment" "cast the deciding vote" "the determinative (or determinant) battle"

(decisive is similar to ...) having momentous consequences; of decisive importance

"that fateful meeting of the U.N. when...it declared war on North Korea" "the fatal day of the election finally arrived"

(decisive is similar to ...) putting an end to all debate or action

"a peremptory decree"

(means also ...) forming an end or termination; especially putting an end to doubt or question

"conclusive proof" "the evidence is conclusive"

(means also ...) of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

"a crucial moment in his career" "a crucial election" "a crucial issue for women"

Definition 2: characterized by decision and firmness - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where decisive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an able and decisive young woman
  • we needed decisive leadership
  • she gave him a decisive answer

(decisive is similar to ...) characterized by quickness and firmness

"his reply was unhesitating"

(means also ...) firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination

"stood resolute against the enemy" "faced with a resolute opposition" "a resolute and unshakeable faith"

Definition 3: forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where decisive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a critical point in the campaign
  • the critical test

Synonyms for decisive in the sense of this definition

(decisive is similar to ...) of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

"a crucial moment in his career" "a crucial election" "a crucial issue for women"

Definition 4: unmistakable - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where decisive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • had a decisive lead in the polls

(decisive is similar to ...) precise; explicit and clearly defined

"I want a definite answer" "a definite statement of the terms of the will" "a definite amount" "definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol" "the wedding date is now definite" "a definite drop in attendance"

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