decisive


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   2. Marked by promptness and decision.
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            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.
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