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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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  • 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.

  • I can also do more mental work, and with better persistence and resoluteness.

    A Guide to Health Mahatma Gandhi
  • At intervals her wonted courage and resoluteness resumed the ascendancy.

  • 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
  • She was looking full at him now with all the Barrett resoluteness shining in her eyes.

  • Each day the brown men worked in the mines, piling gems into the vaults with a resoluteness that never faltered.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon
  • They are the elements that give flash to the eye, spring to the step, resoluteness to the languid and certainty to effort.

  • But the resoluteness of General Grant's administration soon suppressed them.

    A Captain in the Ranks

    George Cary Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for resoluteness


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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