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

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Resile is a resilient word: it's been in use in English since the early 1500s. It's also a cousin of resilient, and both words derive from the Latin verb resilire, which means "to jump back" or "recoil." (Resilire, in turn, comes from salire, meaning "to leap.") 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, 28 Mar. 2018

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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

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“Resile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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