Example sentences for: decisive

How can you use “decisive” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • To refresh Mr. Kinsley's memory, the relevant passage begins at Page 148, where I wrote that "The technique of predation, rather than the question of reserves, is likely to be decisive in the success of the tactic, and the law should focus upon this issue."

  • The army of Juan I of Castile invaded Portugal in 1383, but João of Avis, recently proclaimed King João I of Portugal, defeated the Spaniards in a decisive battle which was fought in 1385 at Aljubarrota, about 100km (62 miles) north of Lisbon.

  • The NYT depicts the U.N. report as striking in its institutional candor: Although commissioned by the current Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, the report criticizes him and his predecessor, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, for failing to take decisive action as the peacekeeping troops on the ground in Rwanda reported back about the Hutu militia's plans for ethnic attacks against Tutsis and about their accumulating weapons caches towards that end.

  • I needed to take firm, decisive action.

  • As legal scholar Randall Kennedy wrote in his book Race, Crime, and the Law , "Even if race is only one of several factors behind a decision, tolerating it at all means tolerating it as potentially the decisive factor."


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