The Closing Word: Irresolute

The Closing Word: IrresoluteThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (ih-REZ-oh-loot)

uncertain how to act or proceed

From “Resolute describes certainty. When someone is resolute, things get done: plans are made and carried out. But add the prefix ir to resolute and you get its opposite. An irresolute person isn’t necessarily a slacker — he or she just doesn’t know what to do. Maybe it’s confusion. Maybe it’s a matter of waiting for better information to come along. Either way, if someone is irresolute, you’ll need to be patient — or willing to nudge him or her into action.”

“When clients are irresolute about a move, it’s important to keep in touch with them without pushing them too hard to act.”

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