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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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  • Mitcham looked at the others and saw that they were resolute.

    Prescott of Saskatchewan Harold Bindloss
  • But the Free State party were not only resolute, but adroit.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • It is not of ourselves we can be strong and resolute enough, but of grace.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • But prayers to her must be work, resolute and conscientious work.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • Her head erect, calm, resolute, she seems to challenge their questions.

British Dictionary definitions for resolute


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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