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[ roh-buhst, roh-buhst ]


  1. strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous:

    a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.

    Synonyms: sound, powerful

    Antonyms: feeble

  2. strongly or stoutly built:

    his robust frame.

    Antonyms: weak

  3. suited to or requiring bodily strength or endurance:

    robust exercise.

  4. rough, rude, or boisterous:

    robust drinkers and dancers.

    Synonyms: rambunctious, coarse

  5. rich and full-bodied:

    the robust flavor of freshly brewed coffee.

  6. strong and effective in all or most situations and conditions:

    The system requires robust passwords that contain at least one number or symbol.

    Our goal is to devise robust statistical methods.


/ rəʊˈbʌst; ˈrəʊbʌst /


  1. strong in constitution; hardy; vigorous
  2. sturdily built

    a robust shelter

  3. requiring or suited to physical strength

    a robust sport

  4. (esp of wines) having a rich full-bodied flavour
  5. rough or boisterous
  6. (of thought, intellect, etc) straightforward and imbued with common sense

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Derived Forms

  • roˈbustly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • ro·bustly adverb
  • ro·bustness noun
  • unro·bust adjective
  • unro·bustly adverb
  • unro·bustness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of robust1

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin rōbustus “oaken, hard, strong,” equivalent to rōbus- (stem of rōbur “oak, strength”) + -tus, adjective suffix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of robust1

C16: from Latin rōbustus, from rōbur an oak, strength

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Example Sentences

From person to person, immune responses to an infection develop along a spectrum, with some people mounting robust, protective responses and others being left with weaker responses.

Vaccines, however, might trigger a more robust immune response.

Pirofski says it’s easier to feel confident about the answers to these questions when there are robust clinical trials with placebo controls.

Vaccines, however, might trigger a more robust immune response and help protect populations by providing herd immunity.

Rebekah Kondrat, founder of consultancy Kondrat Retail said that in her experience, while all retailers have some form of de-escalation training, DTC startups opening stores for the first time often don’t have robust enough de-escalation training.

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Robust work in this area is coming from Jeffrey Gordon lab at Washington University in St. Louis.

But the malpractice system is not robust in China, and patients feel powerless.

Where Simmons is jocular in a kind of clever fratboy way, Lund is more refined in his language and more robust in his indignation.

Her normally flagging energy at that hour was surprisingly robust.

To this end, a robust Special Operations Forces presence beyond simply a modest advisory effort should be sent to Iraq.

The Englishman of the days of road-travel was a much more robust person than the Englishman of railway times.

Jet black ringlets—then in vogue—clustered round an exceedingly fair face, on which there dwelt the hue of robust health.

At present the patient is a robust, healthy-looking woman, of fair intelligence and good spirits.

His strength is robust, so that he does his ordinary work as a pianoforte maker.

She is robust and active, and takes her full share in domestic work.


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