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  • A study was done, but the findings were inconclusive.
  • So unsatisfying, so inconclusive.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • So our interview ended inconclusively.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • "Tons of partials, Lindsay," the CSU chief replied, meaning inconclusive prints his team had lifted from the room.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

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  • "Beatrice, your results were inconclusive," she says.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I was surprised to find, now that my prize was within my grasp, how inconclusive its attainment seemed.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • During these days, in a rambling, inconclusive way, I thought much of the curate and of the manner of his death.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Gun B had a partial print on it that was inconclusive.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • In short, the evidence is inconclusive.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • We all conferred that night, but inconclusively.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids

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  • It is by endless subdivisions based upon the most inconclusive differences, that some departments of natural history become so repellingly intricate.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Lyons," said I, as I rose from this long and inconclusive interview, "you are taking a very great responsibility and putting yourself in a very false position by not making an absolutely clean breast of all that you know.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • He had always regarded thoughts and words as inconclusive, but a material shape was that which he had spent his life escaping: a commitment.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The treatment protocol was long and elaborate and—worst of all—maddeningly inconclusive.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • This invention was bound to be inconclusive, for both figures were needed later in the saga—Paris must kill Akhilleus, and Menelaos must take Helen home at last.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Every clan chief had one of their magicians examine it, and all agreed that as evidence it was inconclusive.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • He talked thus inconclusively until at last I felt my temper going.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Finally, we have the evidence of a combination of facts very suggestive, though, I admit, inconclusive.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • If it was about time and passing years or himself or town or just the general inconclusive way God ran the world, he listened warmly, comfortably, secretly, for it was usually Dad talking.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • So far as he had had experience of women at all, it had been tentative, intermittent, and somewhat inconclusive.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • I was so slow to find anything that he had plenty of time, after a minute, to continue with his suggestive but inconclusive smile: "You know, my dear, that for a fellow to be with a lady ALWAYS—!"
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • On the morning of his return from his inconclusive journey, he learned that Fermina Daza was spending her honeymoon in Europe, and his agitated heart took it for granted that she would live there, if not forever then for many years to come.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • But what could I say, considering my condition? I wanted to tell him that statistical evidence of the kind he was quoting from was by nature inconclusive and misleading.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • The autopsy on Jill was inconclusive, and the cause of death had not been determined.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • CHAPTER X The heat had leapt forward in the last hour, the street was deserted as if a catastrophe had cleaned off humanity during the inconclusive talk.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • If all hypotheses cannot be tested, then the results of any experiment are inconclusive and the entire scientific method falls short of its goal of establishing proven knowledge.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Humanity dealt with this inconclusively with their early Als.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The evidence they got was inconclusive.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • We looked on, waiting patiently—there was nothing else to do till the end of the flood; but it was only after a long silence, when he said, in a hesitating voice, "I suppose you fellows remember I did once turn fresh-water sailor for a bit," that we knew we were fated, before the ebb began to run, to hear about one of Marlow’s inconclusive experiences.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The magazine was folded open to a page on which there was a sketch of a bearded man, the lines rough, inconclusive, as if drawn from an obscure description.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The extent of her injuries made the tests for sexual activity inconclusive.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • There was some news, but all of it was maddeningly inconclusive.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • However inconclusive, the articles did help Jeremy clarify his own thoughts.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • Yet the autopsy will be inconclusive.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • They last only a short time, the results are often inconclusive, and they are rememberedů on paper.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He was the same doctor who was treating Alex, but he couldn’t tell her when Alex would wake and said that the CAT scans were inconclusive.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • Kehaar had had a violent quarrel with a kestrel, screaming insults in a voice fit to startle a Cornish harbor: and although it had ended inconclusively, the kestrel seemed likely to regard the neighborhood of the hanger with healthy respect for the future.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • There’s an inconclusive print on the trigger’probably smudged when your suspect dropped it, but I can’t say that for certain.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • I don’t understand—how could inconclusive test results be dangerous?—but I still nod.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • No lights were visible on shore, but as there were no towns and few roads in the district that evidence was inconclusive.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • "They were inconclusive," I say softly.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He and I both transferred from Erudite, only his aptitude test was inconclusive.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I said it was certainly inconclusive, and asked if the names Karakal and Shangri-La had meant anything to the American.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Every sighting of him was inconclusive.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The photos, the sightings were inconclusive.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • He had spent hours at the police station, his first stop after leaving Alex’s house, scrutinizing the enlarged fingerprint that had been on Gun B. An inconclusive one; one that he’d assumed, lazily, to be Peter’s.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Half-grown children would come to class from the barricades, smelling of gunpowder, wearing the insignias and uniforms of rebel officers captured at gunpoint in inconclusive battles, and carrying their regulation weapons in full view at their waists.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The men who, through the decades of their careers, had relied for their security upon keeping their faces blank, their words inconclusive and their clothes impeccable, were thrown off-key by the sweaters stretched over their stomachs, by the mufflers wound about their necks, by the sound of coughing that cut through the discussion too frequently, like the rattle of a machine gun.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • use the word all is evidently a fallacious mode of speech; for this word is sometimes used distributively, and sometimes collectively, on account of its double meaning, and is the cause of inconclusive syllogisms in reasoning.
    Aristotle  --  A Treatise on Government
  • They did not care to face the strain of some obstinate, inconclusive discussion for fear, maybe, of it ending in a serious quarrel.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Arrow of Gold
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