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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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Examples from the Web for unresigned

Historical Examples of unresigned

  • The pretty inconsequential girl had developed into a woman, hardened yet unresigned.

    Mr. Incoul's Misadventure

    Edgar Saltus

  • She had come to Chicago to be with it, and it had deserted her, leaving in its place a painful longing, an unresigned despair.

    Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather

  • But these things did not save him a final, unresigned sigh when he realized that he had to go to work—right away.

    Flappers and Philosophers

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • I am resigned to my fate now, so I don't think I'll go out for fear I'll get unresigned again.

    Anne Of Green Gables

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • She even stooped and patted the unresigned little dog as she passed him, going into the house.

    The Life of Nancy

    Sarah Orne Jewett

British Dictionary definitions for unresigned


  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 unresigned



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

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