• WordNet 3.6
    • adv decisively in an indisputable degree "the Fisher Act of 1918 decisively raised their status and pay"
    • adv decisively with finality; conclusively "the voted settled the argument decisively"
    • adv decisively with firmness "`I will come along,' she said decisively"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • decisively In a conclusive manner; in a manner to end deliberation, controversy, doubt, or contest.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”
  • Alan Bond
    Alan Bond
    “Get me inside any boardroom and I'll get any decision I want.”
  • Robert Townsend
    Robert Townsend
    “Make every decision as if you owned the whole company.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.”
  • Harry S Truman
    “All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.”
  • Terrence Deal
    Terrence Deal
    “The real process of making decisions, of gathering support, of developing opinions, happens before the meeting or after.”


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


In literature:

Certainly, if Hadria came to any such mad decision, but that, Henriette hoped, might be averted.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Will you not kindly leave me some hope, and wait a year before final decision?
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The tide of battle surged this way and that, with no decisive advantage for either side.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
A long discussion followed, whether to nominate a candidate or not, which ended in a decision to nominate.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
But the confidence and decision of his guide left Steve without the slightest doubt.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Yet the decision was dislocating to all his thought, even as the struggle had been.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Several conclusions of importance may be drawn from the court's decision.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The character and progress of that battle will best be grasped if we mark down certain decisive incidents which determine its course.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
It was understood on November 30 that the Chief Justice was ready to give decision but that he deferred for his associates.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
Early in the afternoon it was clear to me that further definite decisions must be taken.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
Never was patriotism more signally evinced, never were more decisive proofs given of the popularity of a sovereign.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The decision to count men and not dollars was a momentous one; it told for democracy even more than the framers knew.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
And he smiled as he thought of the night when his decision had been taken.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
He breathed hard, as though summoning up all his decision.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Since that decision it has asked for a Sixteenth Amendment.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
This is the substance of the grounds of the decision.
"Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F.A. Sandford" by Benjamin C. Howard
In the use of these specially instituted juries there was no care to get unbiassed decisions.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
Nothing daunted him; nothing clouded his judgement; his decision, the decision of the moment, was always right.
"Rulers of India: Lord Clive" by George Bruce Malleson
A decision was then taken to ask the government for permission to close a church, mosque, or monastery.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
It was during Max's stay in town that he completed the formalities connected with his decision to resign his commission in the Lancers.
"Long Live the King" by Guy Boothby

In poetry:

I said, "I will fly from this island of woes."
And acting on that decision,
By that odor of rose I was led by the nose,
For 'twas truly, ah! truly, Elysian.
"The Key Note" by Ambrose Bierce
James drank posion at love's derision;
John swigged ale and swank in the sun,
Throve, and came to a dark decision,
And, "Christ! that I were the other one!"
""You Never Can Tell"" by George Sterling
"Whence come to you this joyance and this strength"
It said, "this might of vision?
This will that measures all things to its length,
That cuts with calm decision?
"The Strong Man To His Sires" by Cale Young Rice
"Low at my feet the suppliant peer I saw;
I saw proud empires my decision wait;
My will was duty, and my word was law,
My smile was transport, and my frown was fate."
"Elegy VII. He Describes His Vision to An Acquaintance" by William Shenstone
Even to wear such knowledge - for our flesh
Surrounds us with its own decisions -
And yet spend all our life on imprecisions,
That when we start to die
Have no idea why.
"Ignorance" by Philip Larkin
And then, delayed a year upon the voyage,
St Petersburg despatches came at length.
The orders were to take decisive measures:
The garrison must be brought up to strength.
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov

In news:

Nick Cannon has endured some very serious health setbacks in the past couple months, which makes his recent decision to end his daily radio show understandable.
Another, noting the economy, said the decision was fair, as long as there were no layoffs.
The decision was reached after a nearly two-year evaluation.
The complaint centered on WVU's October 2007 decision to award a degree retroactively to Mylan executive Heather Bresch, the daughter of then Gov Joe Manchin and a close friend of Michael Garrison, WVU's president at the time.
I can imagine a secret society of Jack Quinn fans, holed up in an Elks Lodge somewhere ready to pop bottles of champagne with each Jamie Moyer loss or no-decision.
But political concessions weakened the effort and left many important decisions unresolved.
Aside from the ridiculous green beret and homely green jumper, signing me up for Girl Scouts was the best decision Mom made for her fifth-grade daughter.
The Bombers reversed their decision and will allow cowbells at home games.
Regarding debates about the separation of church and state, I write this on the heels of watching an HBO documentary regarding the 1967 Supreme Court decision, Loving v Virginia.
The recent decision by the leaders of the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel to ban state Sen Mark Grisanti and his wife, Maria, from the premises, after a recent incident at the casino, seems childish and petty.
W' bago delays pair of decisions.
We wrote last night it was a "terrible," decision, and based on things at present, it would be difficult to argue that it was a good decision.
The Messenger published my letter to the editor recently, citing the idea that the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was a good decision for those of us who believe that legislation should be repealed and replaced.
The first heuristic attempts to limit the growth in the size of the decision diagram by providing an order in which constraints are added to the decision diagram.
In order to deal with real-world sequential decision making, stochastic outcomes for actions have to be explicitly taken into account, as in the Markov Decision Processes (MDPs) framework.

In science:

Obviously, p2 is busy in C but not decisive, while p3 , a benchwarmer, is decisive in C .
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
In fact, the main complication in the following analysis is that ∀X ∈ WC1i , pi may not be decisive in X (the only information we know is that she is busy). A naive idea is to check all the coalitions in WC1i , one by one, to see whether pi is decisive.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
Decision procedures for arithmetic theories are widely used for computer-aided verification. A decision procedure for a theory T takes as input a formula of T and outputs a Boolean: whether the formula is satisfiable.
On using floating-point computations to help an exact linear arithmetic decision procedure
We encode these models by noting that λ = 0 in the first and between them according to the sample covariance (cid:98)C . λ > 0 in the second, and next address the task of choosing Using δ to denote a decision rule taking values in {0, 1}, we let δ = 0 encode the decision r = 0.
Minimax rank estimation for subspace tracking
Decisions to reject bids are irrevocable, whereas decisions to accept bids may be canceled at a cost which is a fixed fraction of the bid value.
Randomized Online Algorithms for the Buyback Problem
We use the binary decision variable Al (t) taking values Al (t) = 0 for dropping decision and Al (t) = 1 for a decision to continue.
Stability and Distributed Power Control in MANETs with Outages and Retransmissions
We consider a learner’s prediction (or decision) rule which we term as system and study its influence on a random binary test sequence on which prediction decisions are made.
Random scattering of bits by prediction
In Bayesian decision-making, three factors contribute to this decision: the relative abilities of the models to explain the observations, the relative proportions of true and false alignments we expect to see, and the relative costs or utilities of the outcomes resulting from our decision. Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images
Applying Bayesian decision theory, we make our decision to accept or reject the hypothesized alignment by computing the expected utility E [ u ] of each decision. Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images
We consider decision problems because most computational problems can be reduced, with polynomial overheads, to some decision problems.
Necessity of Superposition of Macroscopically Distinct States for Quantum Computational Speedup
Many important practical problems involve sequential decisions, each chosen in the light of the information available at the time, including in particular the observed outcomes of earlier decisions.
Identifying the consequences of dynamic treatment strategies: A decision-theoretic overview
In general, any well-specified way of adjusting the choice of the next decision (treatment or dose to administer) in the light of previous information constitutes a dynamic decision (or treatment) strategy .
Identifying the consequences of dynamic treatment strategies: A decision-theoretic overview
The technical underpinning for our decision-theoretic formulation is the application of the language and calculus of conditional independence (Dawid, 1979, 2002) to relate observable variables of two types: ‘random’ variables and ‘decision’ (or ‘intervention’) variables.
Identifying the consequences of dynamic treatment strategies: A decision-theoretic overview
We define surface information in terms of aircraft ground position, ramp access to the taxiway system, and runway queue length. A stochastic model of taxi departure operations is developed by means of Markov Decision Processes (MDP) and Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes (POMDPs).
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Thus, it is entirely defined by the probabilities to transition from a state i to another state j , knowing that the decision to send an aircraft on the taxiway is k (with k = 1 corresponding to the decision of sending the next aircraft, and k = 0 corresponding to the decision of not sending an aircraft).
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations