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[ri-dou-tuh-buh l] /rɪˈdaʊ tə bəl/
that is to be feared; formidable.
commanding or evoking respect, reverence, or the like.
Origin of redoubtable
1325-75; Middle English redoutable < Middle French, equivalent to redout(er) to fear (re- re- + douter to fear, doubt) + -able -able
Related forms
redoubtableness, noun
redoubtably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Occasionally he performed feats of marksmanship which not even the two redoubtable leaders could equal.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • They will form a caste—poor, stern to itself, and redoubtable.

  • The counsel for the defense felt he had been entrapped in attempting to be sarcastic with the redoubtable detective.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • But the glory of these redoubtable Cinque Ports has departed.

  • Their caustic censure and vivacity of style made them redoubtable in their day; they did not even spare their brothers.

  • He was redoubtable, not in virtue of his office, but because of his unwarrantable assumptions.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • Even the well-tried legions of Napoleon were destined, however, to find them as redoubtable as had formerly Maximilian.

    Tyrol and its People Clive Holland
British Dictionary definitions for redoubtable


to be feared; formidable
worthy of respect
Derived Forms
redoubtableness, noun
redoubtably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from redouter to dread, from re- + douter to be afraid, doubt
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Word Origin and History for redoubtable

late 14c., from Old French redoutable (12c.), from redouter "to dread," from re-, intensive prefix, + douter "be afraid of" (see doubt (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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