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decisiveadjective

uk   /dɪˈsaɪ.sɪv/ 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   /dɪˈsaɪ.sɪv.li/ us   /dɪˈsaɪ.sɪv.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   /dɪˈsaɪ.sɪv.nəs/ us   /dɪˈsaɪ.sɪv.nəs/
(Definition of decisive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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decisiveadjective

us   /dɪˈsɑɪ·sɪv/
making choices quickly and surely, without having any doubts: In an emergency, decisive action is called for.
Decisive also means without doubt or question, and of the greatest importance: DNA test results were decisive in proving his innocence.
decisively
adverb us   /dɪˈsɑɪ·sɪv·li/
We had to act quickly and decisively to put out the fire.
(Definition of decisive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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