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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.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for resoluteness

Contemporary Examples of resoluteness

Historical Examples of resoluteness

  • Her heart was overflowing with gratitude, pride, devotion, resoluteness.

    Virgin Soil

    Ivan S. Turgenev

  • She led him dancing away, to prove his resoluteness and laugh at him.

  • I can also do more mental work, and with better persistence and resoluteness.

    A Guide to Health

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • At intervals her wonted courage and resoluteness resumed the ascendancy.

  • His farewell look she felt to be steeled against her in its resoluteness, though weak in its long dwelling.

    The Confounding of Camelia

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

British Dictionary definitions for resoluteness


  1. firm in purpose or belief; steadfast
  2. 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 resoluteness



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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