C14: from Old French, from redouter to dread, from re- + douter to be afraid, doubt
redoubtable for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (rɪdaʊtəbəl)
adjective [usu ADJ n]
If you describe someone as redoubtable, you respect them because they have a very strong character, even though you are slightly afraid of them. ⇒ ...the redoubtable Mr Brooks. ⇒ He is a redoubtable fighter.
`There is nothing better the redoubtable Pocket could do now than fix you a hot bath.Baxter, Stephen ANTI-ICE`I see the redoubtable Leo has decided to camp out in the garden.Appiganesi, Lisa DREAMS OF INNOCENCE`I think I've decided to accept the redoubtable MrMackenzie," she smiled dreamily.Appiganesi, Lisa DREAMS OF INNOCENCEWell, our redoubtable Wizard has crowned himself Emperor," saidNanny.Gregory Maguire WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST