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A.Word.A.Day--resolute

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resolute (REZ-uh-loot)

adjective: Determined; firm; unwavering.

From Middle English, from Latin resolutus, past participle of resolvere (to resolve), from re- + solvere (to untie or loosen). Ultimately from Indo-European root leu- (to loosen, divide) that is also the source for forlorn, lag, loss, solve, and analysis.

From The Devil's Dictionary:
Resolute, adj. Obstinate in a course that we approve.

"Government and the private sector must unite against the threat, Doreen Frankson noted. 'Firm, resolute and measured actions are required.'"
Manufacturing Revival Under Way; The Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica); May 22, 2005.

See more usage examples of resolute in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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