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  1. 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.
  2. characterized by firmness and determination, as the temper, spirit, actions, etc.: The mayor was asked to take resolute action against the looters.
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Origin of resolute

1375–1425 for earlier sense “dissolved”; 1525–35 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin resolūtus, past participle of resolvere to resolve
Related formsres·o·lute·ly [rez-uh-loot-lee, rez-uh-loot-] /ˈrɛz əˌlut li, ˌrɛz əˈlut-/, adverbres·o·lute·ness, nouno·ver·res·o·lute, adjectiveo·ver·res·o·lute·ly, adverbo·ver·res·o·lute·ness, nounsem·i·res·o·lute, adjectivesem·i·res·o·lute·ly, adverbsem·i·res·o·lute·ness, nounun·res·o·lute, adjectiveun·res·o·lute·ly, adverbun·res·o·lute·ness, noun


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1. firm, steadfast, fixed. See earnest1. 2. unwavering, undaunted.
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  1. firm in purpose or belief; steadfast
  2. characterized by resolution; determineda resolute answer
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Derived Formsresolutely, adverbresoluteness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin resolutus, from resolvere to resolve
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Word Origin and History for resolute


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.

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