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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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British Dictionary definitions for resoluteness

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 resoluteness

resolute

adj.

early 15c., "dissolved, of loose structure," also "morally lax," from Latin resolutus, past participle of resolvere "untie, unfasten, loose, loosen" (see resolution). Meaning "determined, decided, absolute, final" is from c.1500, especially in resolute answer, a phrase "common in 16th c." [OED]. From 1530s of persons. The notion is of "breaking (something) into parts" as the way to arrive at the truth of it and thus make the final determination (cf. resolution). Related: Resolutely; resoluteness.

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