No Matter How You Say It: Decisiveness

by | Jun 24, 2024 | No Matter How You Say It

Word Origin

Decide is from Middle English deciden, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French decider, borrowed from Latin dēcīdere “to cut off, cut out, mark by cutting, settle, choose as a course of action,” from dē- DE- + caedere “to strike, beat, kill, fell (trees, etc.), cut off or through”   


Can you see how deciding is cutting off what you aren’t going to do?


Sign Language 




Can you see how Decide is firm and Procrastinate just keeps getting delayed?


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Decisiveness Idioms and Phrases

  • Act swiftly and decisively
  • Be unwavering
  • Call the shot
  • Cut and dried
  • Cut to the chase
  • Done is better than perfect
  • Don’t be a chicken
  • Don’t be a fence sitter
  • Don’t be afraid to take a stand
  • Don’t beat around the bush
  • Don’t jump to conclusions
  • Eleventh-hour decision
  • Have a backbone
  • Have conviction
  • Leave no room for doubt
  • Make a snap decision
  • Nail down
  • Of two minds
  • On the horns of a dilemma
  • Sit tight
  • Snap decision
  • Stand by your decision
  • Take a leap of faith
  • Take a stand
  • Take it or leave it
  • Take the bull by the horns
  • The die is cast
  • The lesser of two evils
  • Trust your gut
  • Weigh the pros and cons
  • Weigh your options

In Other Languages

Spanish – Decisión

German – Entschlossenheit

French – Esprit de décision

Hungarian – Döntésképesség

Quechua – Decisión nisqa

Danish – Beslutsomhed

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