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This page has 3 definitions of decisive in English and Italian. Decisive is an adjective. Examples of how to use decisive in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English decisive definition


From Middle French décisif.



decisive (comparative more decisive, superlative most decisive)

  1. Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive.
    A decisive battle is fatal for one side's war chances
    decisive vote
    • 2011 November 3, Chris Bevan, “Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      In truth, Tottenham never really looked like taking all three points and this defeat means they face a battle to reach the knockout stages -with their next home game against PAOK Salonika on 30 November likely to prove decisive.
  2. Marked by promptness and decision.
    decisive action
    • 1804, John Foster, Essays, in a Series of Letters:
      A noble instance of this attribute of the decisive character.



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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for decisive in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)

  • decisive in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911


Italian decisive definition


  • IPA(key): /de.t͡ʃiˈ
  • Rhymes: -ive
  • Hyphenation: de‧ci‧sì‧ve



  1. feminine plural of decisivo