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.

2) ADJ-GRADED If a contest or conflict is inconclusive, it is not clear who has won or who is winning.

The past two elections were inconclusive.

...eight years of bloody and inconclusive war.

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