From Latin resolutus (“released”), past participle of resolvō (“I release, I unbind”).
resolute (comparative more resolute, superlative most resolute)
- Firm, unyielding, determined.
- She was resolute in her determination to resist his romantic advances.
- He was resolute in his decision to stay.
- c. 1591–1592 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene iv]:
- Edward is at hand, / Ready to fight; therefore be resolute.
- a. 1887 (date written), Emily Dickinson, “I'm the little “Heart's Ease”!”, in Martha Dickinson Bianchi and Alfred Leete Hampson, editors, Further Poems of Emily Dickinson, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown, and Company, published 1929, page 69:
- 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.
- (obsolete) Convinced; satisfied; sure.
- 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”.
- See also Thesaurus:obstinate
firm, unyielding, determined
resolute (plural resolutes)
- A determined person; one showing resolution.
- (mathematics) A projection onto an arbitrary vector.
- vector resolute
- inflection of resolut:
- “resolute”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- resolute in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
- resolute in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette