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resolute

[rez-uh-loot] /ˈrɛz əˌlut/
adjective
1.
firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion.
2.
characterized by firmness and determination, as the temper, spirit, actions, etc.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425 for earlier sense “dissolved”; 1525-35 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin resolūtus, past participle of resolvere to resolve
Related forms
resolutely
[rez-uh-loot-lee, rez-uh-loot-] /ˈrɛz əˌlut li, ˌrɛz əˈlut-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
resoluteness, noun
overresolute, adjective
overresolutely, adverb
overresoluteness, noun
semiresolute, adjective
semiresolutely, adverb
semiresoluteness, noun
unresolute, adjective
unresolutely, adverb
unresoluteness, noun
Synonyms
1. firm, steadfast, fixed. See earnest1 . 2. unwavering, undaunted.
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Examples for resolute
  • Jenny, equally resolute, sat on the bed and buried her face.
  • Now, bedded down, they turned resolute and disapproving.
  • More believable were the reports that he was stubborn and resolute.
  • When our shock recedes, our rage must be steady and resolute and unforgiving.
  • The spoils go to the resolute, the patient, who know what they are pursuing and how to achieve it.
  • Other publishers, faced with books that were likely to cause widespread offence, have been less resolute.
  • Already, countries that have been dilatory in cutting their deficits have pledged to be more resolute.
  • Deng promotes the polity to resolute at home and open the door to the rest of the world.
  • For now governments appear resolute tackling the budget and taxes.
  • To the poor he was affable and courteous, but firm and resolute to the proud rich.
British Dictionary definitions for resolute

resolute

/ˈrɛzəˌluːt/
adjective
1.
firm in purpose or belief; steadfast
2.
characterized by resolution; determined a resolute answer
Derived Forms
resolutely, adverb
resoluteness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin resolutus, from resolvere to resolve
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Word Origin and History for resolute
resolute
early 15c., "dissolved, of loose structure," from L. resolutus, pp. of resolvere (see resolution). Meaning "determined, absolute" is from c.1500.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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