Mettle meaning

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The ability to meet a challenge or persevere under demanding circumstances; determination or resolve.

A race that tested the best runners' mettle.

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Mettle is defined as a high quality of personal character.

An example of mettle is a soldier's bravery.

An example of mettle is a person who has spirit and courage.

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Quality of character or temperament; esp., high quality of character; spirit; courage; ardor.
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Origin of mettle

Originally a variant of metal.