adjective Date: 1707 leading to no conclusion or definite result <
inconclusive evidence
an inconclusive argument
inconclusively adverbinconclusiveness noun

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  • Inconclusive — In con*clu sive, a. Not conclusive; leading to no conclusion; not closing or settling a point in debate, or a doubtful question; as, evidence is inconclusive when it does not exhibit the truth of a disputed case in such a manner as to satisfy the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inconclusive — I adjective doubtful, flimsy, indecisive, ineffective, not final, quo nihil efficitur, subject to verification, unascertained, uncertain, unconfirmed, uncorroborated, undemonstrated, unestablished, unproved, unproven, unsettled, unsubstantiated,… …   Law dictionary

  • inconclusive — (adj.) 1680s (implied in inconclusiveness), from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + CONCLUSIVE (Cf. conclusive). Related: Inconclusively …   Etymology dictionary

  • inconclusive — [adj] up in the air ambiguous, deficient, incomplete, indecisive, indetermi nate, lacking, open, uncertain, unconvincing, undecided, uneventful, unfateful, unfinished, unsatisfactory, unsettled, vague; concepts 537,548 Ant. certain, conclusive,… …   New thesaurus

  • inconclusive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not conclusive. DERIVATIVES inconclusively adverb inconclusiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • inconclusive — [in΄kən klo͞o′siv] adj. not conclusive or final; not leading to a definite result inconclusively adv. inconclusiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • inconclusive — [[t]ɪ̱nkənklu͟ːsɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If research or evidence is inconclusive, it has not proved anything. Research has so far proved inconclusive... I find the evidence inconclusive. Ant: conclusive 2) ADJ GRADED If a contest or conflict is… …   English dictionary

  • inconclusive — adj. VERBS ▪ be, prove ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ largely ▪ The results have been largely inconclusive. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • inconclusive — inconclusively, adv. inconclusiveness, n. /in keuhn klooh siv/, adj. 1. not conclusive; not resolving fully all doubts or questions: inconclusive evidence. 2. without final results or outcome: inconclusive experiments. [1680 90; IN 3 +… …   Universalium

  • inconclusive — in|con|clu|sive [ˌınkənˈklu:sıv] adj not leading to a clear decision or result ≠ ↑conclusive ▪ The evidence against the two men was inconclusive. ▪ A coalition government was formed after inconclusive elections. >inconclusively adv… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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