firm in purpose or intent; determined.

Origin of resolved

First recorded in 1490–1500; resolve + -ed2
Related formsre·solv·ed·ly [ri-zol-vid-lee] /rɪˈzɒl vɪd li/, adverbre·solv·ed·ness, nounun·re·solved, adjectivewell-re·solved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of unresolved

Historical Examples of unresolved

  • One question still is unresolved,--Why do frogs stay and be tickled?

  • He put aside the unresolved perplexity and took Barney first.

    Adrienne Toner

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • That the question of a God may be unresolved in his mind, all he has to do is to refuse a hearing to the question.


    Robert Flint

  • Just here, however, there was an unresolved discord in the imaginative theme.

    The Price

    Francis Lynde

  • Thus there is a tragic antithesis in his character—an unresolved discord which shows itself again and again in his Pensées.

British Dictionary definitions for unresolved



(of a problem or dispute) not having been solved or concluded



fixed in purpose or intention; determined
Derived Formsresolvedly (rɪˈzɒlvɪdlɪ), adverbresolvedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unresolved

1570s, "undecided" (of questions), from un- (1) "not" + past participle of resolve (v.). Meaning "uncertain in opinion" is attested from 1590s.



"determined," 1520s, past participle adjective from resolve (v.). Related: Resolvedly.

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