adjective re·sil·ient \ri-ˈzil-yənt\

: able to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens

: able to return to an original shape after being pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc.

Full Definition of RESILIENT

:  characterized or marked by resilience: as
a :  capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture
b :  tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
re·sil·ient·ly adverb

Examples of RESILIENT

  1. The local economy is remarkably resilient.
  2. <after being dipped in liquid nitrogen, the rubber ball's normally resilient surface is as brittle as ceramic>
  3. The tallow tree, an ornamental species introduced by Benjamin Franklin in 1772, can quickly grow to 10 metres and is resilient to many pests. —New Scientist, 19-25 Aug. 2006


Latin resilient-, resiliens, present participle of resilire to jump back, recoil, from re- + salire to leap — more at sally
First Known Use: 1674


adjective re·sil·ient \-yənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RESILIENT

:  characterized or marked by resilience


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