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[ih-rez-uh-loot] /ɪˈrɛz əˌlut/
not resolute; doubtful; infirm of purpose; vacillating.
Origin of irresolute
1565-75; ir-2 + resolute
Related forms
irresolutely, adverb
irresoluteness, noun Unabridged
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  • Sheard thanked him for his information, stood a moment, irresolute; and turned back once more to the Gleaner office.

  • She bowed her head to hide a smile, and appeared to be irresolute for a moment.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • A touch on the lawyer's wrinkled hand as he stands in the dark room, irresolute, makes him start and say, "What's that?"

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • Amazed and bewildered, he stood for a moment, breathless and irresolute.

  • The animal appeared to be fully aware of their intent; and seemed for a moment to be irresolute as to how it should act.

    The Cliff Climbers Captain Mayne Reid
  • There was nothing more to say--time pressed--yet I lingered dumb and irresolute.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • He sat down for a moment to rest, irresolute, and not quite knowing what to say next.

    Rodman the Keeper Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • "No," said the poor novice; but the denial came faint and irresolute from her lips.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Once or twice she hauled her wind a little, and then again kept away from us, as if irresolute what to do.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • He was a peculiar man, to begin with—and an irresolute man, to end with.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
British Dictionary definitions for irresolute


lacking resolution; wavering; hesitating
Derived Forms
irresolutely, adverb
irresoluteness, irresolution, noun
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Word Origin and History for irresolute

1570s, from Latin irresolutus, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + resolutus (see resolute). Related: Irresolutely.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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