verb re·sile \ri-ˈzī(-ə)l\

Definition of resile




  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  recoil, retract; especially :  to return to a prior position resile from an agreement

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Resile is a resilient word; it's been around in English since at least 1529. It's also a cousin of "resilient" - both words derive from the Latin verb resilire," which means to _jump back" or "recoil." ("Resilire" in turn comes from _salire, meaning "to jump.") "Resilient" focuses on the ability of something to "bounce back" from damage, whereas "resile" generally applies to someone or something that withdraws from an agreement or "jumps back" from a stated position. Resile is a word that shows up only occasionally in U.S. sources; it is more common in British and especially Australian English.

Origin and Etymology of resile

Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin resilire to withdraw, from Latin, to recoil

First Known Use: 1529

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