decisive

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj decisive forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis "a critical point in the campaign","the critical test"
    • adj decisive determining or having the power to determine an outcome "cast the decisive vote","two factors had a decisive influence"
    • adj decisive characterized by decision and firmness "an able and decisive young woman","we needed decisive leadership","she gave him a decisive answer"
    • adj decisive unmistakable "had a decisive lead in the polls"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Decisive Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive. "A decisive , irrevocable doom.""Decisive campaign.""Decisive proof."
    • Decisive Marked by promptness and decision. "A noble instance of this attribute of the decisive character."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • decisive Having the power or quality of determining a question, doubt, contest, event, etc.; final; conclusive; putting an end to controversy: as, the opinion of the court is decisive on the question.
    • decisive Marked by decision or prompt determination.
    • n decisive A decisive thing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Decisive having the power of deciding: showing decision: final: positive
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Quotations

  • Anthony Robbins
    Anthony%20Robbins
    “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore%20Roosevelt
    “In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    Jean-Paul%20Sartre
    “It is only in our decisions that we are important.”
  • Sun Tzu
    Sun%20Tzu
    “The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.”
  • Rene Dubos
    Rene Dubos
    “Man shapes himself through decision that shape his environment.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It does not require a decision to go to hell.”

Idioms

Abide by a decision - If you abide by a decision, you accept it and comply with it, even though you might disagree with it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. décisif,. See Decision
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Decide.

Usage

In literature:

The finely-chiselled mouth was full of grave sweetness, decision, and energy, and yet suggestive of a mirthful temperament.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
At Waterloo, in the last grand attack by the French, the advance column of the Imperial Guard was decisively repulsed by the British Guards.
"A Treatise on the Tactical Use of the Three Arms: Infantry, Artillery, and Cavalry" by Francis J. Lippitt
The battle of Salamis was won, but at the moment neither side realized its decisive character.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
But though they did not yet realize the fact, they had won a decisive victory.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The council adhered to its decision of the 19th.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
In the first place, he has made the fundamental decision to serve his country in the profession of arms.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
The gods had given their decision.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He was glad, now, that he had never voiced his private doubts about Ka'ruchaya Yarra's decision to offer adoption to an alien and enemy.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
Mr. Toombs fired up at this unusual decision.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
Active defense seeks favorable decision; counter attack necessary.= An active defense seeks a favorable decision.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
But Bennigsen lacked the promptness and insight necessary to use his advantage, and the long delay was decisive.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The common decisions of both houses require for their validity the sanction of the monarch.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
She had left all decision to him, and his decision was to ask her a few questions.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
My father, much alarmed, took one of his prompt decisions.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
In making choice for yourself, you have given a decision for all.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
This fourth week in August marked a decisive period in the history of the Great War.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
To meet our contentions Sir Edward cites our own seizures and our own court decisions.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
On December 30 the Chamber of Arraignment of Naples rendered its decision.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
Others there were, whom he did not urge, though his influence over them might have been decisive.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
I'm in no hurry for a decision.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
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In poetry:

My answer to this kind of joking
Had been a most decisive 'no'.
So distant was the start, so timid
The first approach-what could one know?
"O had I known that thus it happens..." by Boris Pasternak
The blow was a decisive one,
And DOCTOR BROWN grew deadly pasty,
"Now see the mischief that you've done -
You Turks are so extremely hasty.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Twice before had she tried the spell,
And twice had she said the prayer ;
And now, the third and decisive time,
That Ladye was watching there.
"St. Mark's Eve - A Fragment" by Mary Anne Browne
Though others should laugh in derision,
And the voice of the past grow dim;
Yet, stick to the cool decision
That you made on the mountain's rim.
"The Time to Decide" by Bruce Kiskaddon
Pencils write plainly each act, on the face,
Each motive indulged is seen there,
No after decision can fully erase
The masks faces ever must wear.
"An Open Book" by Jared Barhite
When tomorrow pleads the mortal decision
Sifting rankly out of time's sieve today,
No words differently will be uttered
Nor stuttered, like sheep astray.
"A Pauper" by Allen Tate

In news:

Winnebago City Council put off decisions on two topics Tuesday night: adopting street assessments for Main Street and First Avenue S.E.
WINNEBAGO — Winnebago City Council put off decisions on two topics Tuesday night: adopting street assessments for Main Street and First Avenue S.E.
Ghesquiere and Balenciaga say in a joint statement Monday that they have come to a "joint decision" to end their partnership at the end of November.
Princeton Softball Association umpire Jack Breitkreutz has called a foul ball on the Princeton City Council for its recent decision to charge the softball association members to play softball at Mark Park.
The decision could give the Orleans Parish School Board some breathing room as it looks for another group to take on both schools in the long term.
LOS ANGELES – Japanese stocks opened to small gains Tuesday, following overnight rallies in the US and Europe, with financials trading mostly higher ahead of the Bank of Japan 's policy decision due later in the day.
Japan Stocks Rise Ahead Of Bank Of Japan Decision.
With Crawford Central School District withdrawing most of its financial support, Meadville Area Recreation Authority is faced with a decision about whether to continue to maintain an enclosed swimming pool.
Split Decision and Barbed Comments Show a Court Deeply Divided on Wiretapping.
Anthony Barber to visit N.C. State this weekend, decision soon.
OK, sexting his wife was a snap decision and maybe he'll regret it later.
SAGINAW, MI — The Saginaw Spirit got off to a bad start on their three-game road trip, dropping an 8-5 decision Thursday to the Barrie Colts at Barrie .
With NBC's "Today" sinking in the ratings, Matt Lauer has reportedly stepped up his role on the morning show, inserting himself into the show's key decisions and berating staff for not trying hard enough, reports the New York Post's Page Six.
Savage, a nationally known expert on personal finance and syndicated Chicago Sun-Times columnist, gives tips on how to make good money decisions during bad economic times.
Yale's decision to censor anti-Muslim cartoons deserved a thoughtful debate.
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In science:

The most problematic decision in the design of any RICH Detector is the choice of the photon detector technology.
Development of a Hybrid Photo-Diode and its Front-End Electronics for the BTEV Experiment
Ones decision whether to invest in, say, a mutual fund is often based on past performance of the fund.
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
Looking at the relevant differences among recent models, one concludes that before using WD as a clock a decision has to be taken concerning the better physics.
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars
The strategies can be interpreted as superpositions of trading decisions.
Fixed point theorem for simple quantum strategies in quantum market games
The orthodox quantum mechanics has been commonly regarded as being supported decisively by the polarization EPR experiments, in which Bell’s inequalities have been violated.
Quantum mechanics and EPR paradox
It means that a decision between these two theoretical alternatives might be given on experimental grounds.
Quantum mechanics and EPR paradox
Generally, when a decision problem has an optimization analog, the value of the optimum is both interesting in its own right, and, we suggest, an obvious candidate order parameter for studying the decision problem.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
In slightly more difficult cases, th e decisions of the generator can be based on decisions that have been taken earlier.
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
Our main concern is the complexity of the above decision problem. A consequence of the algorithms presented in this article is that the above decision problem is in P.
Complex Multiplication Tests for Elliptic Curves
There exists a rigorously polynomial algorithm to solve the 2-SAT decision problem; but the 3-SAT decision problem is NP-complete.
Long range frustration in finite connectivity spin glasses: A mean field theory and its application to the random $K$-satisfiability problem
Our results can also be re-stated in the language of decision theory, by talking about ‘loss functions’ and ‘risk function’ associated to the decision rule.
Inverting Random Functions III: Discrete MLE Revisited
Interestingly, different decision regions are obtained for sets of network with different values of average degree. A new set of networks is then navigated by the agent while considering the decision regions, obtaining the ratio of correct guesses for every new node visited (figure 5:F).
Identifying Complex Networks by Random Walks
Of course, since ∼ is a decision procedure, this implies that the constant functions present in F must in fact come from a subset of constants of V over which a similar decision procedure exists.
A canonical form for some piecewise defined functions
As usual, for every (complexity) class C of decision problems, co-C denotes the class of all decision problems whose complements belong to C .
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
In the need of a collective decision it is the best for the group to achieve consensus because it does not need a decision by voting or other mechanisms with potential to conflict.
Fostering Consensus in Multidimensional Continuous Opinion Dynamics under Bounded Confidence
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