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

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

Synonyms for resolute

1. firm, steadfast, fixed. See earnest1. 2. unwavering, undaunted. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for resolutely

bravely, firmly, steadfastly, decisively, obstinately, unwaveringly

Examples from the Web for resolutely

Contemporary Examples of resolutely

Historical Examples of resolutely

  • A moment's reflection, and she resolutely withdrew her hand.

  • "She couldn't make it, Garson," he declared coolly and resolutely.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Resolutely he suppressed his sympathy for the ghost of Comrade Verloc, and went on.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • With a thought as quick, she folded it resolutely upon the other in her lap.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • "You will sit there till you tell me," resolutely replied the lady.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

British Dictionary definitions for resolutely



firm in purpose or belief; steadfast
characterized by resolution; determineda resolute answer
Derived Formsresolutely, adverbresoluteness, noun

Word Origin for resolute

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



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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