MEANING: adjective: Uncertain or indecisive.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin in- (not) + resoltus, past participle of resolvere (to resolve), from re- + solvere (to untie or loosen). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leu- (to loosen, divide), which is also the source for forlorn, lag, loss, solve, and analysis. Earliest documented use: 1574.

EIRRESOLUTE - firmly committed to the Irish cause

SIRRESOLUTE - a little-known but dedicated Knight of the Round Table

IRRESALUTE - an insincere gesture of mocking respect