Is the Online Etymology Dictionary saying resolute also (historically) means morally lax, as some kind of autoantonym?

resolute (adj.)
early 15c., "dissolved, of loose structure," also "morally lax," from Latin resolutus, past participle of resolvere "untie, unfasten, loose, loosen" ...

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    No, it's saying that it did mean that before 1500. – Kate Bunting Mar 27 at 10:23
  • What do reputable modern dictionaries say about modern usage? Etymon (and etymologies in dictionaries) include earlier meanings, which may be obsolete. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 27 at 10:33
  • @EdwinAshworth My searching so far found nothing about "morally lax" so I think the quote's idea is "dissolved, of loose structure or moral laxity". In fact, that looks fairly obvious now. – Chris Degnen Mar 27 at 10:44
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    OED resolute, adj. Etymology: < classical Latin resolūtus - having a loosened texture, not cohesive, slack, limp, free from constraint, unrestrained, -- †1. Dissolved; softened. Obsolete.†2. a. Loose in texture, not compact. -- 2.b. figurative. Morally lax, dissolute. Obsolete. rare—1. ?a1475 After that he wente to the cite of Crotines, resolute moche in vertues and in honeste. – Greybeard Mar 27 at 11:43
  • @Greybeard Thanks. So it has actually reversed its meaning. – Chris Degnen Mar 27 at 12:11

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