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decisive
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Anna Karenina
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  • He turned to Matvey and threw off his dressing-gown decisively.
  • The greater number of the young women, who envied Anna and had long been weary of hearing her called virtuous, rejoiced at the fulfillment of their predictions, and were only waiting for a decisive turn in public opinion to fall upon her with all the weight of their scorn.

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  • He has promised a decisive answer in a day or two.
  • "He writes that he can’t make out quite what Alexey Alexandrovitch wants, but he won’t go away without a decisive answer."
  • Yes, driven back for a third time, but a decisive engagement expected for tomorrow.
  • She showed that alertness, that swiftness of reflection comes out in men before a battle, in conflict, in the dangerous and decisive moments of life—those moments when a man shows once and for all his value, and that all his past has not been wasted but has been a preparation for these moments.
  • They were speaking of the last telegram stating that the Turks had been for three days in succession beaten at all points and put to flight, and that tomorrow a decisive engagement was expected.

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as in: a decisive decision maker Define
characterized by making quick decisions and sticking by them
as in: a decisive defeat Define
determining an outcome; or ending question; or describing something as unmistakable
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