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"
    • ***
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."
    • ***
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.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Decisive having the power of deciding: showing decision: final: positive
    • ***

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.
***

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
***

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.
***

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
***