ir·​res·​o·​lute | \ i-ˈre-zə-ˌlüt How to pronounce irresolute (audio) , ˌi(r)-, -lət\

Definition of irresolute

: uncertain how to act or proceed : vacillating irresolute legislators

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Other Words from irresolute

irresolutely \ i-​ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​lē How to pronounce irresolutely (audio) , -​lət-​ ; -​ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ adverb
irresoluteness \ i-​ˈre-​zə-​ˌlüt-​nəs How to pronounce irresoluteness (audio) , -​lət-​ ; -​ˌre-​zə-​ˈlüt-​ \ noun
irresolution \ i-​ˌre-​zə-​ˈlü-​shən How to pronounce irresolution (audio) , ˌi(r)-​ \ noun

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The show focuses on the legalization and rise of the porn industry, via twins Vincent and Frankie Martino (both played by James Franco and based on real brothers)—an irresolute gambler and an ambitious bar owner who fall in with the mob. Stuart Miller, Newsweek, "Talking Dirty With David Simon, George Pelecanos and Richard Price About HBO's 'The Deuce'," 29 Aug. 2017 All these years later, my personal feelings are irresolute, even as people I’ve told have apologized or commiserated. David Mcgrath, Twin Cities, "David McGrath: The need to protect children," 11 June 2017 And champorado — a chocolate rice porridge that Mr. Reña returns to its Mexican roots with a mole-like sauce of cinnamon, cloves and smoky chiles — tasted irresolute, not fully committing to the entanglement of bitter and sweet. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "In Tama’s No-Frills Space, the Filipino Food Is Anything But," 15 June 2017 Peter Sarsgaard is a strangely irresolute Bobby, with no suggestion of a Boston accent. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, "Trying to Remember J.F.K.," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of irresolute

1579, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of irresolute

formal : not certain about what to do : not resolute


ir·​res·​o·​lute | \ i-ˈre-zə-ˌlüt How to pronounce irresolute (audio) \

Kids Definition of irresolute

: uncertain how to act or proceed … we lay still a long time, very irresolute what course to take.— Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

Other Words from irresolute

irresolutely adverb

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