redoubtable

[ ri-dou-tuh-buh l ]
/ rɪˈdaʊ tə bəl /

adjective

that is to be feared; formidable.
commanding or evoking respect, reverence, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. redon, odilon,
  2. redondilla,
  3. redondo beach,
  4. redouble,
  5. redoubt,
  6. redoubted,
  7. redound,
  8. redout,
  9. redowa,
  10. redox

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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British Dictionary definitions for redoubtable

redoubtable

/ (rɪˈdaʊtəbəl) /

adjective

to be feared; formidable
worthy of respect
Derived Formsredoubtableness, nounredoubtably, adverb

Word Origin for redoubtable

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

redoubtable

adj.

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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