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  1. not resolute; doubtful; infirm of purpose; vacillating.
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Origin of irresolute

First recorded in 1565–75; ir-2 + resolute
Related formsir·res·o·lute·ly, adverbir·res·o·lute·ness, noun
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Related Words for irresolute

doubtful, fearful, fickle, halfhearted, halting, hesitant, hesitating, infirm, shaky, tentative, timid, uncertain, undecided, undetermined, unsettled, unstable, unsteady, vacillating, wavering, weak

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Historical Examples of irresolute

  • There was nothing more to say--time pressed--yet I lingered dumb and irresolute.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • "No," said the poor novice; but the denial came faint and irresolute from her lips.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • He was a peculiar man, to begin with—and an irresolute man, to end with.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • For Hutchinson, poorly supported and irresolute, the strain was too great.

  • He remained before it, irresolute, like a fugitive, like a man betrayed.

British Dictionary definitions for irresolute


  1. lacking resolution; wavering; hesitating
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Derived Formsirresolutely, adverbirresoluteness or irresolution, noun
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Word Origin and History for irresolute


1570s, from Latin irresolutus, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + resolutus (see resolute). Related: Irresolutely.

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