- 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
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Examples from the Web for resolute
Her pallid young face, brow sweating with fear and pain, yet resolute and stiff with sorrow, makes you want to cry.Relishing Rembrandt’s Blockbuster London Show
October 16, 2014
At the same time, the administration has been keen to show itself as tough, practical and resolute.Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Says Talks with the U.S. Are Futile
August 14, 2014
As she prepares to do her mandatory army service next year she is resolute about what Israel should do.The Seeds of the Next Intifada
July 7, 2014
To show we will be resolute in bringing people who harm Americans to justice, and standing steadfast during these protests.Why Democrats Are So Scared of Benghazi
May 8, 2014
“Understand the shades of gray in between where I can be resolute and I can still talk,” Voss advises.Shutdown Crisis: We Need a Hostage Negotiator
October 6, 2013
This indicates their resolute enmity to me, and as resolute favour to Solmes.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
That he killed a mutineer is proof of his resolute adherence to discipline.
In spite of her weakness, she made a great effort and stood up, resolute and firm.The Dream
Up the hill came Tip, sure enough, with a firm, resolute step.
The two faced each other, cool, smiling, but resolute enemies.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- firm in purpose or belief; steadfast
- characterized by resolution; determineda resolute answer
Word Origin and History for resolute
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.