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  1. submissive or acquiescent.
  2. characterized by or indicative of resignation.
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Origin of resigned

First recorded in 1645–55; resign + -ed2
Related formsre·sign·ed·ly [ri-zahy-nid-lee] /rɪˈzaɪ nɪd li/, adverbre·sign·ed·ness, nounself-re·signed, adjectiveun·re·signed, adjective
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Related Words

calmly, bravely, quietly, meekly, dispassionately, enduringly, impassively, imperturbably, resignedly, submissively, tolerantly

Examples from the Web for resignedly

Historical Examples

  • "This is likely to be an all-night session," he said resignedly.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • "Well," said Mrs. Tudor, resignedly, leaning back in her chair.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • “Just my luck,” I murmured, resignedly, as Merrick came in with a tray.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • He compressed his lips and shrugged his shoulders, resignedly.

  • Time and again he trained his glasses on the ship only to drop them resignedly.

    Loot of the Void

    Edwin K. Sloat

British Dictionary definitions for resignedly


  1. characteristic of or proceeding from an attitude of resignation; acquiescent or submissive
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Derived Formsresignedly (rɪˈzaɪnɪdlɪ), adverbresignedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for resignedly



"submissive, full of resignation," 1690s, past participle adjective from resign (v.). Related: Resignedly.

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