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[roh-buhst, roh-buhst] /roʊˈbʌst, ˈroʊ bʌst/
adjective
1.
strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous:
a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.
2.
strongly or stoutly built:
his robust frame.
3.
suited to or requiring bodily strength or endurance:
robust exercise.
4.
rough, rude, or boisterous:
robust drinkers and dancers.
5.
rich and full-bodied:
the robust flavor of freshly brewed coffee.
6.
strong and effective in all or most situations and conditions: The system requires robust passwords that contain at least one number or symbol.
Our goal is to devise robust statistical methods.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin rōbustus oaken, hard, strong, equivalent to rōbus-, stem of rōbur oak, strength + -tus adj. suffix
Related forms
robustly, adverb
robustness, noun
unrobust, adjective
unrobustly, adverb
unrobustness, noun
Synonyms
1. powerful, sound. 4. coarse, rambunctious.
Antonyms
1. feeble. 2. weak.
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Examples for robustness
  • It redefined modern dance, adding energy, robustness and physicality to traditional restrained moves.
  • His robustness, his optimism, and his fearlessness unsettled people.
  • But this prized robustness is also a serious limitation.
  • One way to check the robustness of a species, he tells me, is to track reproduction rates.
  • Let's see how things go, and how the machine people judge the robustness of the machine.
  • But acknowledging this does nothing to bolster the robustness of our existing research on vaccines and autism.
  • He should have tested the model for robustness against other variables, such as interest rates or rates.
  • Its popularity stemmed from a mix of robustness and efficiency.
  • But when things go bad, you'll want those redundancies and inefficiencies but you'll give them a different label: robustness.
  • Rather than engineering to avoid failures, systems should designed for robustness, to minimize the effects of failure.
British Dictionary definitions for robustness

robustness

/rəʊˈbʌstnɪs/
noun
1.
the quality of being robust
2.
(computing) the ability of a computer system to cope with errors during execution

robust

/rəʊˈbʌst; ˈrəʊbʌst/
adjective
1.
strong in constitution; hardy; vigorous
2.
sturdily built a robust shelter
3.
requiring or suited to physical strength a robust sport
4.
(esp of wines) having a rich full-bodied flavour
5.
rough or boisterous
6.
(of thought, intellect, etc) straightforward and imbued with common sense
Derived Forms
robustly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rōbustus, from rōbur an oak, strength
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Word Origin and History for robustness

robust

adj.

1540s, from Middle French robuste (14c.) and directly from Latin robustus "strong and hardy," literally "as strong as oak," originally "oaken," from robur, robus "hard timber, strength," also "a special kind of oak," named for its reddish heartwood, from Latin ruber "red" (cf. robigo "rust"), from PIE *reudh- (see red (adj.1)). Related: Robustly; robustness. Robustious (1540s) was a common form in 17c. (cf. "Hamlet" iii.2); it fell from use by mid-18c., but was somewhat revived by mid-19c. antiquarian writers.

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