resolute

Use the adjective resolute to describe a purposeful and determined person, someone who wants to do something very much, and won't let anything get in the way.

"Milo thought for just a moment and then, with a resolute 'I shall,' volunteered to go," Norton Juster writes in the classic children's novel The Phantom Tollbooth. From the way Milo said "I shall," we can infer that he was quite confident in his split-second decision, or at least made himself appear to be so. Some near-synonyms for this word include resolved, adamant, unswerving, and unwavering. If you make a "resolute refusal" of something, you're declaring you don't like it and never will.

Definitions of resolute
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adj firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination

“stood resolute against the enemy”
“faced with a resolute opposition”
“a resolute and unshakeable faith”
Synonyms:
brave, courageous
possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
decisive
determining or having the power to determine an outcome
purposeful
serving as or indicating the existence of a purpose or goal
bent, bent on, dead set, out to
fixed in your purpose
determined
characterized by great determination
desperate, do-or-die
desperately determined
firm, steadfast, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering
marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
foursquare
characterized by firm and unwavering conviction
hell-bent
recklessly determined
resolved, single-minded
determined
spartan
resolute in the face of pain or danger or adversity
stalwart, stout
dependable
undaunted, undismayed, unshaken
unshaken in purpose
undeterred, undiscouraged
not deterred
Antonyms:
irresolute
uncertain how to act or proceed
indecisive
not definitely settling something
discouraged
lacking in resolution
infirm
lacking firmness of will or character or purpose
unstable
disposed to psychological variability
vacillant, vacillating, wavering
uncertain in purpose or action
weak-kneed
lacking will power or resolution
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adj characterized by quickness and firmness

Synonyms:
unhesitating
decisive
characterized by decision and firmness

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