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decisiveadjective

uk   us   /dɪˈsaɪ.sɪv/
B2 able to make decisions quickly and confidently, or showing this quality: You need to be more decisive. a decisive reply
Opposite
C1 strongly affecting how a situation will progress or end: These results could prove decisive in establishing the criminal's identity. a decisive role a decisive victory
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decisively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
C2 If we had acted earlier and more decisively (= more quickly and effectively) it might not have come to this.
decisiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
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