Friday, 29 August 2014

Decisive - My Mind's Blade Up

Photo by Brett Weinstein


Adjective. Early 17th century.
[French décisif, -ive from medieval Latin decisivus, from decis determined, from the verb decidere.]

1 That finally decides or determines a question, the outcome of a contest, etc.;
conclusive. E17

2 Unhesitating, resolute, determined. M18

3 Pronounced, unmistakable, undisputed. L18

Today, I decided the word would be decisive. Boom. That was that. There was no dilly-dallying over deceptious, deciduous or declivitous - it's decisive, a chose jugée. Because, for me, indecisiveness just don't cut it. And that's what decisiveness is all about. It's Latin, you see; decidere, which is de 'off' and cidere 'to cut'. Boom. Sharp as a knife. Incisively decisive. And I'm not thinking about deceptious or declivitous any more.

Do please leave your most cutting comments in the box below.


  1. HAMLET A little more than kin, and less than kind.
    KING CLAUDIUS How is it that the clouds still hang on you?
    HAMLET Because you killed my father, you foul fiend!

    Decisiveness does save time, doesn't it.