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Apr 27, 2016
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
truculent
unctuous
irresolute
veracious
doughty

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irresolute

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-REZ-uh-loot)

MEANING:
adjective: Uncertain or indecisive.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin in- (not) + resolutus, 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.

USAGE:
“Ayub Khan was seen as a very hesitant and irresolute commander.”
Sushant Singh; The War No One Lost; Indian Express (Mumbai); Oct 24, 2015.

See more usage examples of irresolute in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison. -Mary Wollstonecraft, reformer and writer (27 Apr 1759-1797)

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