Definition of 'decisive'
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The decisive moment summed up that theme. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He extended his lead coming out of the light airs and that proved decisive. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The stamina of a soldier was the decisive factor in war. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He played better tennis in the decisive moments. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The sending off was undoubtedly the decisive factor. The Sun (2017)It considers that a lasting peace will be possible only after a decisive victory over the military power of the enemy. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Yet the final act proved decisive. The Sun (2017)He did provide the decisive moment with the winning goal, but otherwise the signs were not good. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Positive thinking and decisive, helpful action are your gifts from Mars. The Sun (2016)Although the battle had no real winner, it was followed by a decisive push and victory within 12 months. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It proved decisive as his rivals were unable to bridge the gap. The Sun (2014)It was the decisive phase of the game. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Most voters want quick and decisive cuts. The Sun (2010)The decisive moment came with a single move in the sixth game. Times, Sunday Times (2013)What cannot be denied is the effect of a decisive result to the war. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The weather was always the decisive factor. Spitfire Women of World War II (2007)Those looking for decisive action thought they had found it now. DEVASTATING EDEN: The Search for Utopia in America (2004)This is why it is set to be a decisive election issue. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It could prove decisive in the final reckoning. The Sun (2008)Strange to have a decisive moment midway through a decider that has not yet been decided. Times, Sunday Times (2009)This resulted in a decisive vote for independence. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The world is full of smart executives who take decisive action. Christianity Today (2000)Politics and the political parties have yet to gel in the period after a decisive general election. Times, Sunday Times (2015)His influence could prove decisive in this one. The Sun (2010)Its pronouncements would surely be the decisive moment of the conference. PHYLLOXERA: How Wine was Saved for the World (2004)He is very quick and decisive. Times, Sunday Times (2013)That was certainly a decisive factor. The Sun (2006)It was the second successive week for both teams that last-gasp field goals had been decisive. Times, Sunday Times (2006)That's why universities should have a decisive role. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Instead, the decisive phase of play took place. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The last despairing effort had seen the Nationalists gain a decisive victory. The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and RevengeSo this was a far more decisive victory than the 1-0 scoreline suggests. The Sun (2012)But they also require the capacity for quick and decisive action, for boldness and for intuitive courage. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)Businesses were slow to get involved, but when they did, they played a decisive role. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'decisive'
British English: decisive /dɪˈsaɪsɪv/ ADJECTIVE
If a fact, action, or event is decisive, it makes it certain that there will be a particular result.
The campaign entered its final, decisive phase.
- American English: decisive
- Arabic: حَاسِم
- Brazilian Portuguese: decisivo
- Chinese: 决定性的
- Croatian: odlučan
- Czech: rozhodující
- Danish: afgørende
- Dutch: beslissend
- European Spanish: decisivo
- Finnish: ratkaiseva
- French: décisif
- German: entschlossen
- Greek: αποφασιστικός
- Italian: decisivo
- Japanese: 決定的な
- Korean: 결정적인
- Norwegian: avgjørende
- Polish: decydujący
- European Portuguese: decisivo
- Romanian: decisiv
- Russian: решительный
- Spanish: decisivo
- Swedish: beslutsam
- Thai: ซึ่งลงความเห็นแล้ว
- Turkish: belirleyici
- Ukrainian: рішучий
- Vietnamese: mang tính quyết định
Definition of decisive from the Collins English Dictionary
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