- 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 resoluteness
His resoluteness and his determination inspired all around him.Memo From the Streets of Tehran
June 18, 2009
Her heart was overflowing with gratitude, pride, devotion, resoluteness.Virgin Soil
Ivan S. Turgenev
She led him dancing away, to prove his resoluteness and laugh at him.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
I can also do more mental work, and with better persistence and resoluteness.A Guide to Health
At intervals her wonted courage and resoluteness resumed the ascendancy.The Executioner's Knife
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
- firm in purpose or belief; steadfast
- characterized by resolution; determineda resolute answer
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.