resilience

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noun re·sil·ience \ ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s \

Definition of resilience

1 :the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
2 :an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

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Examples of resilience in a Sentence

  1. … the concert remained a remarkable tribute to Dylan's resilience and continued relevance. —Susan RichardsonRolling Stone15 Dec. 1994
  2. He squeezed the rubber with a clamp and then released it—demonstrating with this painfully simple experiment that the material lost its resilience and therefore its ability to flex rapidly enough to protect the rocket joint from tumultuous hot gases. —James GleickNew York Times Book Review13 Nov. 1988
  3. With amazing resilience the two tribes pulled together and set out to found a new town farther up the river. —Carolyn GilmanAmerican Indian Art MagazineSpring 1988
  4. It is really wonderful how much resilience there is in human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment. —Bram StokerDracula1897
  5. The rescue workers showed remarkable resilience in dealing with the difficult conditions.

  6. Cold temperatures caused the material to lose resilience.

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Using resilience Outside of Physics

In physics, resilience is the ability of an elastic material (such as rubber or animal tissue) to absorb energy (such as from a blow) and release that energy as it springs back to its original shape. The recovery that occurs in this phenomenon can be viewed as analogous to a person's ability to bounce back after a jarring setback. Author P. G. Wodehouse took note of this when he wrote: "There is in certain men … a quality of resilience, a sturdy refusal to acknowledge defeat, which aids them as effectively in affairs of the heart as in encounters of a sterner and more practical kind." The word resilience derives from the present participle of the Latin verb resilire, meaning "to jump back" or "to recoil." The base of resilire is salire, a verb meaning "to leap" that also pops up in the etymologies of such sprightly words as sally and somersault.

Origin and Etymology of resilience


RESILIENCE Defined for English Language Learners

resilience

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Definition of resilience for English Language Learners

  • : the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens

  • : the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc.


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resilience

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noun re·sil·ience \ ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s \

medical Definition of resilience

1 :the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
2 :an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
  • emotional resilience


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