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as in: a decisive decision maker Define
characterized by making quick decisions and sticking by them
  • an able and decisive young woman
  • we needed decisive leadership

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  • I established with myself on these occasions, the reputation of a first-rate man of business - prompt, decisive, energetic, clear, cool-headed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
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as in: a decisive defeat Define
determining an outcome; or ending question; or describing something as unmistakable
  • She cast the decisive vote.
  • two factors had a decisive influence

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  • had a decisive lead in the polls
  • she gave him a decisive answer
  • took decisive action against the Taliban
  • In the end, it is character that is the decisive factor in a person’s life.
  • Like many other crucially important technologies, hay emerged anonymously during the so-called Dark Ages. According to the Hay Theory of History, the invention of hay was the decisive event which moved the center of gravity of urban civilization from the Mediterranean basin to Northern and Western Europe. The Roman Empire did not need hay because in a Mediterranean climate the grass grows well enough in winter for animals to graze.
    Freeman Dyson  --  Infinite in All Directions
  • the decisive game seven of the series
  • The book is broken up into eight chapters, corresponding to eight years that had a decisive impact on our respective lives.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
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  • She did this decisively, one jab and one grind, not the series of genteel taps favored by many of the Wives.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • If they used every one of those minutes with maximum efficiency, retaliation could be decisive.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon

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  • It had moved quickly, decisively, and by an unknown route.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • In reality, Ebola had not yet made a decisive, irreversible breakthrough into the human race, but it seemed close to doing that.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The King was praised for his resolution to uphold the interests and honor of the kingdom, praised for his decisiveness.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • And this, he said, must be done quickly and decisively, as an act of humanity.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • What was needed, Germain said, was a "decisive blow."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Burnham was decisive, blunt, and cordial; he spoke under a level blue gaze that Olmsted found reassuring.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • This is a moment for him to show his decisiveness, and allowing the Selection to drag on doesn’t look good.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • "The plan is pretty simple," Aspen said decisively.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One

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  • You need to be strong, decisive.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • "Okay, no. Just no." With a decisive move he snapped the phone in half.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • I watched the men in the hallway; they had clearly been expecting the officer to do something more decisive and effective.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Might be the decisive moment.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Linton should approve,’ returned my lady, decisively.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • But Biddy said she was, and she said it decisively.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • To mark the paper was the decisive act.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "Never heard of them," he remarked decisively.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • —Temporary insanity, of course, Martin Cunningham said decisively.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • After this decisive conclusion, I entreated to be heard a word or two.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Anna Mikhaylovna’s face expressed a consciousness that the decisive moment had arrived.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He turned to Matvey and threw off his dressing-gown decisively.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I replied, most decisively.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • You seem fond of yours in speaking it so decisively, Gabriel Oak.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • It was finally arranged that inquiries should be made, and a decisive answer addressed to Miss Nickleby under cover of her uncle, within two days.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Suddenly Newland Archer felt himself impelled to decisive action.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Vera said decisively: "Not at all."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • After a long gurgle the invisible Doc put away the bottle and decisively kicked the doors shut.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • He leaned forward across the desk, reluctant to end the interview and to end it so decisively.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • We can never tell when one such issue may he decided and what may be the decisive factor in a delicate balance.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Colonel Korn acted decisively to arrest what seemed to him to be the beginning of an unwholesome trend in Major Major’s squadron.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A small reserve, held back until the end of the game, can be decisive.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • ’Yeah, it does,’ said Tonks decisively.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • However, a voice responded at once, a crisp, decisive voice that sounded as though it were reading a prepared statement.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • That evening Margaret took decisive action.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • At breakfast next morning she took decisive action.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Over this champion the Disinherited Knight obtained a slight but decisive advantage.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Almost every day the newspaper printed accounts of a decisive victory.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • A little longer, so that I may tell you decisively.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • There were many heads of state who dared not go to war or take other decisive steps until they had consulted the oracle at Delphi.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The Anglo-Saxon genius for parliamentary government asserted itself; there was a great deal of talk and no decisive action.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • The coming of this boy was a decisive event with Jurgis.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Suddenly with a brief decisive nod of the head he crossed the room to a desk near the window.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • "I was never engaged to Jonathan," she began furiously, then decisively bit her tongue.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • She began to write in a decisive hand.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • No decision he makes at Gettysburg will be decisive, except perhaps the last.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • "In short," concluded the parson, decisively smacking his leg with his switch, "there’s hardly such another family in England."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The effects of this decisive debate were not long in showing themselves.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He had said that as decisively as he could, but in fact it would have done him a lot of good to sit down.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • Neville with his clean and decisive ways has finished.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
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