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It is a test of our courage—of our resolve—of our wisdom—our essential democracy.

To that end we will devote our strength, our resources, and our firmness of resolve.

Come not near us, if you have resolve to be undutiful: but this, after what I have written, I hope you cannot be.

We will meet aggression and bad faith with resolve and strength.

Some have unwisely chosen to test America's resolve, and have found it firm.

Yet, her spirit triumphed, and again she persevered in that resolve to live straight.

Could she, thus doomed, resolve on declining her brother's offer?

But Dick remembered his mission, and his resolve to perform it was not shaken a particle.

Thus and thus, ringing the changes on resolve and explanation, her thoughts ran.

Inwardly I resolve afresh that I never will forgive that hated town.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "melt, dissolve, reduce to liquid;" intransitive sense from c.1400; from Old French resolver or directly from Latin resolvere "to loosen, loose, unyoke, undo; explain; relax; set free; make void, dispel," from re-, perhaps intensive, or "back" (see re-), + solvere "loosen" (see solve). Early 15c. as "separate into components," hence the use in optics (1785). Meaning "determine, decide upon" is from 1520s, hence "pass a resolution" (1580s). For sense evolution, cf. resolute (adj.). Related: Resolved; resolving.

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