resilient

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

re·sil·ient

adjective \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

Origin of RESILIENT

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

re·sil·ient

adjective \-yənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RESILIENT

: characterized or marked by resilience

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: resilient escapement
Previous Word in the Dictionary: resiliency
All Words Near: resilient

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up resilient? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More