decisiveness decisiveness  /dɪs ˈaɪ sɪv nəs/


  1. (n) the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose
  2. (n) the quality of being final or definitely settled



  1. Wall Streeter Simon is known for decisiveness and a hot temper.
  2. From there, Bush went on to his favorite topichis decisiveness in the war against terrorism, the need to stand firm, the need to be plainspoken.
  3. Certainly, her swift if belated stroke of decisiveness against Enrile dispelled in a single blow much of the turmoil that was unsettling Manila.



  1. In a New York Times column published today before the announcement that he had won the Nobel Prize in economics, Paul Krugman said the UK's "combination of clarity and decisiveness hasn't been matched by any Western government."
    on Oct 13, 2008 By: Paul Krugman Source: Bloomberg

  2. "These are extraordinary times, requiring speed and decisiveness to address the current economic downturn," Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa's president and chief executive, said in a statement.
    on Jan 6, 2009 By: Klaus Kleinfeld Source: USA Today

  3. "Only if the central (government) sits down for dialogue with the Dalai Lama and shows great wisdom, great decisiveness and great boldness of vision, the Lhasa incident can be handled well," Bao wrote in a statement e-mailed to Reuters.
    on Dec 6, 2005 By: Bao Tong Source: Ninemsn

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