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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: robustus 'strong (like an oak tree)', from robur 'oak, strength'


1 a robust person is strong and healthy:
a robust man of six feet four
2 a robust system, organization etc is strong and not likely to have problems:
The formerly robust economy has begun to weaken.
3 a robust object is strong and not likely to break [= sturdy]:
a robust metal cabinet
4 showing determination or strong opinions:
a typically robust performance by the Prime Minister
5 robust food or flavours have a good strong taste:
a robust cheese
robustly adverb
robustness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: strong WORD FOCUS: strong
person: tough, muscular, wiry, powerful

thing: tough, sturdy, durable, rugged, heavy-duty, indestructible, well-made, robust

country/organization: powerful, mighty, influential, dominant

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