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English adjective: decisive

1. decisive determining or having the power to determine an outcome

SamplesCast the decisive vote.
Two factors had a decisive influence.

Similardeciding, determinant, determinative, determining, fatal, fateful, peremptory

See alsoconclusive, crucial, important


2. decisive unmistakable

SamplesHad a decisive lead in the polls.



3. decisive characterized by decision and firmness

SamplesAn able and decisive young woman.
We needed decisive leadership.
She gave him a decisive answer.

Similarresolute, unhesitating

See alsoresolute


4. decisive forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis

SamplesA critical point in the campaign.
The critical test.


Similarcrucial, important


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