re·​sile | \ ri-ˈzī(-ə)l How to pronounce resile (audio) \
resiled; resiling

Definition of resile

intransitive verb

: recoil, retract especially : to return to a prior position resile from an agreement

Keep scrolling for more

Did You Know?

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.

Examples of resile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, on top of all that, Iran might resile from the deal, further roiling an unstable region at risk of tit-for-tat nuclear proliferation. The Economist, "Scrapping the Iran nuclear deal will harm America," 28 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'resile.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of resile

1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resile

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about resile

Listen to Our Podcast about resile

Statistics for resile

Cite this Entry

“Resile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on resile

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!