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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decisive  \De*ci*sive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  d['e]cisif.  See  {Decision}.] 
  1.  Having  the  power  or  quality  of  deciding  a  question  or 
  controversy;  putting  an  end  to  contest  or  controversy; 
  final;  conclusive.  ``A  decisive,  irrevocable  doom.'' 
  --Bates.  ``Decisive  campaign.''  --Macaulay.  ``Decisive 
  proof.''  --Hallam. 
 
  2.  Marked  by  promptness  and  decision. 
 
  A  noble  instance  of  this  attribute  of  the  decisive 
  character.  --J.  Foster. 
 
  Syn:  Decided;  positive;  conclusive.  See  {Decided}.  -- 
  {De*ci"sive*ly},  adv  --  {De*ci"sive*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decisive 
  adj  1:  determining  or  having  the  power  to  determine  an  outcome; 
  "cast  the  decisive  vote";  "two  factors  had  a  decisive 
  influence"  [ant:  {indecisive}] 
  2:  unmistakable;  "had  a  decisive  lead  in  the  polls" 
  3:  characterized  by  decision  and  firmness;  "an  able  an  decisive 
  young  woman";  "we  needed  decisive  leadership";  "she  gave 
  him  a  decisive  answer"  [ant:  {indecisive}] 
  4:  forming  or  having  the  nature  of  a  turning  point  or  crisis; 
  "a  critical  point  in  the  campaign";  "the  critical  test" 
  [syn:  {critical}] 




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