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[ri-zahynd] /rɪˈzaɪnd/
submissive or acquiescent.
characterized by or indicative of resignation.
Origin of resigned
1645-55; resign + -ed2
Related forms
[ri-zahy-nid-lee] /rɪˈzaɪ nɪd li/ (Show IPA),
resignedness, noun
self-resigned, adjective
unresigned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for resignedly
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  • "He's no' that ill—as men-folk gang," said The Macintosh, resignedly.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • “Go ahead and get the agony over with, then,” said Bob, resignedly.

  • And, after puffing in silence awhile, he said resignedly, "I am an unnatural monster."

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • "Of course I can't have the hat," returned Betty resignedly.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Lifts himself on to the shoulder of the grand piano and sits there swinging his legs and contemplating Craven resignedly.

    The Philanderer George Bernard Shaw
  • "Like the handwriting on the wall," the captain said resignedly.

  • "I could expect no better terms," said Captain Horton, resignedly.

  • "Very well, I will," she said resignedly, allowing herself to be comforted.

    The Music Master Charles Klein
  • Then he set the bottle down, resignedly, and took the rest of his dinner dry.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • She looked at him resignedly, then she flushed to her eyes and followed him.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
British Dictionary definitions for resignedly


characteristic of or proceeding from an attitude of resignation; acquiescent or submissive
Derived Forms
resignedly (rɪˈzaɪnɪdlɪ) adverb
resignedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for resignedly



"submissive, full of resignation," 1690s, past participle adjective from resign (v.). Related: Resignedly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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