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

Synonym Discussion of RESILIENT

elastic, resilient, springy, flexible, supple mean able to endure strain without being permanently injured. elastic implies the property of resisting deformation by stretching <an elastic waistband>. resilient implies the ability to recover shape quickly when the deforming force or pressure is removed <a resilient innersole>. springy stresses both the ease with which something yields to pressure and the quickness of its return to original shape <the cake is done when the top is springy>. flexible applies to something which may or may not be resilient or elastic but which can be bent or folded without breaking <flexible plastic tubing>. supple applies to something that can be readily bent, twisted, or folded without any sign of injury <supple leather>.
Medical Dictionary


adjective re·sil·ient \-yənt\

Medical Definition of RESILIENT

:  characterized or marked by resilience


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