Simple Definition of resistance
: refusal to accept something new or different
: effort made to stop or to fight against someone or something
: the ability to prevent something from having an effect
Full Definition of resistance
2 : the power or capacity to resist: as a : the inherent ability of an organism to resist harmful influences (as disease, toxic agents, or infection) b : the capacity of a species or strain of microorganism to survive exposure to a toxic agent (as a drug) formerly effective against it
3 : an opposing or retarding force
4 a : the opposition offered by a body or substance to the passage through it of a steady electric current b : a source of resistance
5 : a psychological defense mechanism wherein a patient rejects, denies, or otherwise opposes the therapeutic efforts of a psychotherapist
6 often capitalized : an underground organization of a conquered or nearly conquered country engaging in sabotage and secret operations against occupation forces and collaborators
Examples of resistance in a sentence
They have shown a stubborn resistance to change.
The troops met heavy resistance as they approached the city.
The paint shows good weather resistance.
Over time the patient could develop a resistance to the drug.
First Known Use of resistance
Definition of resistance
: of, relating to, or being exercise involving pushing against a source of resistance (as a weight) to increase strength <resistance training>
RESISTANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of resistance for Students
1 : an act or instance of opposing
2 : the ability to withstand the force or effect of <resistance to disease>
3 : an opposing or slowing force <The car's sleek design reduces wind resistance.>
4 : the opposition offered by a substance to the passage through it of an electric current
Medical Definition of resistance
1a: power or capacity to resist; especially : the inherent ability of an organism to resist harmful influences (as disease, toxic agents, or infection)b: the capacity of a species or strain of microorganism to survive exposure to a toxic agent (as a drug) formerly effective against it due to genetic mutation and selection for and accumulation of genes conferring protection from the agent especially as a result of overuse of the agent which selectively destroys individual microorganisms lacking the protective genes
2a: the opposition offered by a body to the passage through it of a steady electric currentb: opposition or impediment to the flow of a fluid (as blood or respiratory gases) through one or more passages—see vascular resistance
3: a psychological defense mechanism wherein a psychoanalysis patient rejects, denies, or otherwise opposes therapeutic efforts by the analyst
Learn More about resistance
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for resistance Medical Dictionary: Definition of resistance Spanish Central: Translation of resistance Nglish: Translation of resistance for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of resistance for Arabic speakers Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about resistance
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up resistance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).