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Webster 1913 Edition


Resolute

Res′o-lute

(r?z′?-l?t)
,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
résolu
. The L.
resolutus
(p. p. of
resolvere
) means, relaxed, enervated, effeminate. See
Resolve
,
Verb.
T.
&
I.
]
1.
Having a decided purpose; determined; resolved; fixed in a determination; hence, bold; firm; steady.
Edward is at hand,
Ready to fight; therefore be
resolute
.
Shakespeare
2.
Convinced; satisfied; sure.
[Obs.]
3.
Resolving, or explaining;
as, the
Resolute
Doctor Durand
.
[Obs.]
Syn. – Determined; decided; fixed; steadfast; steady; constant; persevering; firm; bold; unshaken.

Res′o-lute

(r?z′?-l?t)
,
Noun.
1.
One who is resolute; hence, a desperado.
[Obs.]
Shak.
2.
Redelivery; repayment.
[Obs.]
“Yearly resolutes, deductions, and payments.”
Bp. Burnet.

Webster 1828 Edition


Resolute

RES'OLUTE

,
Adj.
[The Latin resolutus has a different signification. See Resolve.]
Having a fixed purpose; determined; hence, bold; firm; steady; constant in pursuing a purpose.
Edward is at hand, ready to fight; therefore be resolute.

Definition 2021


resolute

resolute

English

Adjective

resolute (comparative more resolute, superlative most resolute)

  1. Firm, unyielding, determined.
    She was resolute in her determination to resist his romantic advances.
    He was resolute in his decision to stay.
    • Shakespeare
      Edward is at hand, / Ready to fight; therefore be resolute.
    • Emily Dickinson, ‘I’m the little “Heart’s Ease”!’ (poem):
      If the Coward Bumble Bee / In his chimney corner stay, / I, must resoluter be!
    • 2011 April 10, Alistair Magowan, “Aston Villa 1 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC Sport:
      Villa had plenty of opportunities to make the game safe after a shaky start and despite not reaching any great heights, they were resolute enough to take control of the game in the second half.
  2. (obsolete) Convinced; satisfied; sure.

Usage notes

  • The one-word comparative form resoluter and superlative form resolutest are both well attested, though not as common as the two-word forms “more resolute” and “most resolute”.

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:obstinate

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Latin

Participle

resolūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of resolūtus

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