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[rez-uh-loot] /ˈrɛz əˌlut/
firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion:
Her parents wanted her to marry, but she was focused on her education and remained resolute.
characterized by firmness and determination, as the temper, spirit, actions, etc.:
The mayor was asked to take resolute action against the looters.
Origin of resolute
late Middle English
1375-1425 for earlier sense “dissolved”; 1525-35 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin resolūtus, past participle of resolvere to resolve
Related forms
[rez-uh-loot-lee, rez-uh-loot-] /ˈrɛz əˌlut li, ˌrɛz əˈlut-/ (Show IPA),
resoluteness, noun
overresolute, adjective
overresolutely, adverb
overresoluteness, noun
semiresolute, adjective
semiresolutely, adverb
semiresoluteness, noun
unresolute, adjective
unresolutely, adverb
unresoluteness, noun
1. firm, steadfast, fixed. See earnest1 . 2. unwavering, undaunted. Unabridged
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  • His farewell look she felt to be steeled against her in its resoluteness, though weak in its long dwelling.

    The Confounding of Camelia Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • She was looking full at him now with all the Barrett resoluteness shining in her eyes.

  • You feel in the atmosphere the same tonic, puissant quality that is in the tilth, the same strength and resoluteness.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • They are the elements that give flash to the eye, spring to the step, resoluteness to the languid and certainty to effort.

  • Will you in the plenitude of your might, and the resoluteness of kindled energy, will the extinction of those unruly passions?

  • There was a nasty look on his face, the look which in his character corresponded to Richard's resoluteness.

    Demos George Gissing
  • The training in resoluteness, therefore, finds highest value and significance in view of the religious life.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • Unlike that of violence it certainly involves the exercise of restraint and patience: but it requires also resoluteness of will.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • She admired that resoluteness which was so like him and herself as they used to be in those happy times before her marriage.

    Resurrection Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for resoluteness


firm in purpose or belief; steadfast
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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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