Resolutioner to Respect
(Res`o*lu"tion*er) n. One who makes a resolution; one who joins with others in a declaration
or resolution; specifically, one of a party in the Scottish Church in the 17th century.
He was sequestrated afterwards as a Resolutioner.Sir W. Scott.
(Res`o*lu"tion*ist), n. One who makes a resolution.
(Res"o*lu`tive) a. [Cf.F. résolutif.] Serving to dissolve or relax. [R.] Johnson.
(Res"o*lu*to*ry) a. Resolutive. [R.]
(Re*solv`a*bil"i*ty) n. The quality or condition of being resolvable; resolvableness.
(Re*solv"a*ble) a. [See Resolve, and cf. Resoluble.] Admitting of being resolved; admitting
separation into constituent parts, or reduction to first principles; admitting solution or explanation; as, resolvable
compounds; resolvable ideas or difficulties.
(Re*solv"a*ble*ness), n. The quality of being resolvable; resolvability.
(Re*solve") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Resolved (-z?lvd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Resolving.] [L. resolvere,
resolutum, to untie, loosen, relax, enfeeble; pref. re- re- + solvere to loosen, dissolve: cf. F. résoudare
to resolve. See Solve, and cf. Resolve, v. i., Resolute, Resolution.]
1. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; said of compound substances; hence,
sometimes, to melt, or dissolve.
O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,Shak.
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Ye immortal souls, who once were men,Dryden.
And now resolved to elements again.
2. To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; said of complex ideas or obscure questions; to make
clear or certain; to free from doubt; to disentangle; to unravel; to explain; hence, to clear up, or dispel, as
doubt; as, to resolve a riddle. "Resolve my doubt." Shak.
To the resolving whereof we must first know that the Jews were commanded to divorce an unbelieving
3. To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.
Sir, be resolved. I must and will come.Beau. & Fl.
Resolve me, Reason, which of these is worse,Pope.
Want with a full, or with an empty purse?
In health, good air, pleasure, riches, I am resolved it can not be equaled by any region.Sir W. Raleigh.
We must be resolved how the law can be pure and perspicuous, and yet throw a polluted skirt over
these Eleusinian mysteries.Milton.
4. To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an
5. To express, as an opinion or determination, by resolution and vote; to declare or decide by a formal
vote; followed by a clause; as, the house resolved (or, it was resolved by the house) that no money
should be apropriated (or, to appropriate no money).
6. To change or convert by resolution or formal vote; used only reflexively; as, the house resolved
itself into a committee of the whole.