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redoubtable (adj) [Of a person] causing fear and respect.
A person who is redoubtable is one who you fear or respect. A redoubtable fighter is one who you find difficult to fight with and defeat. A redoubtable enemy is one dealing with whom needs a lot of courage.
- The Roman Empire at the height of its glory was a redoubtable force and the other kingdoms dared not have a war with it. The might of the empire evoked respect in them too.
- The Australian cricket team is a redoubtable team. The other teams respect its game and find it a challenge to defeat it.