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resolute

[rez-uh-loot] /ˈrɛz əˌlut/
adjective
1.
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.
2.
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
1375-1425 for earlier sense “dissolved”; 1525-35 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin resolūtus, past participle of resolvere to resolve
Related forms
resolutely
[rez-uh-loot-lee, rez-uh-loot-] /ˈrɛz əˌlut li, ˌrɛz əˈlut-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
resoluteness, noun
overresolute, adjective
overresolutely, adverb
overresoluteness, noun
semiresolute, adjective
semiresolutely, adverb
semiresoluteness, noun
unresolute, adjective
unresolutely, adverb
unresoluteness, noun
Synonyms
1. firm, steadfast, fixed. See earnest1 . 2. unwavering, undaunted.
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  • A moment's reflection, and she resolutely withdrew her hand.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "She couldn't make it, Garson," he declared coolly and resolutely.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • resolutely he suppressed his sympathy for the ghost of Comrade Verloc, and went on.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • With a thought as quick, she folded it resolutely upon the other in her lap.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • "You will sit there till you tell me," resolutely replied the lady.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for resolutely

resolute

/ˈrɛzəˌluːt/
adjective
1.
firm in purpose or belief; steadfast
2.
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 resolutely

resolute

adj.

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.

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