Definition of irresolute in English:

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irresolute

Pronunciation: /ɪˈrɛzəluːt/

adjective

Showing or feeling hesitancy; uncertain: she stood irresolute outside his door
More example sentences
  • His delivery is purposefully nervous, artfully irresolute.
  • In the myth-making of the Middle East, it allowed the West to be portrayed as weak and irresolute.
  • Gimmicks like that were the stuff of the weak and the irresolute.
Synonyms
indecisive, hesitant, tentative, nervous, weak;
ambivalent, divided, in two minds, in a dilemma, in a quandary, torn;
doubtful, in doubt, full of doubt, unsure, uncertain;
undecided, uncommitted, unresolved, undetermined

Derivatives

irresolutely

Pronunciation: /ɪˈrɛzəluːtli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Therefore, instead of a final dispensation, the story of a monster at the limit of the tellable concludes irresolutely, even incoherently.
  • Then, she walked slowly, irresolutely up the stairway.
  • Armed with pencil and paper, I stood there irresolutely, protesting.

irresoluteness

Pronunciation: /ɪˈrɛzəluːtnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • What inflames the Arab street is not American strength but the perception of American irresoluteness.
  • Many think that voting out an incumbent president in wartime shows national irresoluteness, even cowardice.
  • Resoluteness is not morally better than irresoluteness.

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin irresolutus 'not loosened', or from in-1 'not' + resolute.

Words that rhyme with irresolute

resolute

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ir|reso|lute

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