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[ri-dou-tuh-buh l]
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  1. that is to be feared; formidable.
  2. commanding or evoking respect, reverence, or the like.
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Origin of redoubtable

1325–75; Middle English redoutable < Middle French, equivalent to redout(er) to fear (re- re- + douter to fear, doubt) + -able -able
Related formsre·doubt·a·ble·ness, nounre·doubt·a·bly, adverb
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  1. to be feared; formidable
  2. worthy of respect
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Derived Formsredoubtableness, nounredoubtably, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from redouter to dread, from re- + douter to be afraid, doubt
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Word Origin and History for redoubtable


late 14c., from Old French redoutable (12c.), from redouter "to dread," from re-, intensive prefix, + douter "be afraid of" (see doubt (v.)).

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