re·​sil·​ien·​cy | \ ri-ˈzil-yən(t)-sē How to pronounce resiliency (audio) \
plural resiliencies

Definition of resiliency

1 : the ability of something to return to its original size and shape after being compressed or deformed : resilience sense 1 Most of these rollers have to be replaced every few years when the rubber loses its resiliency.— Steve Rosenthal Upholstery consisted of lightweight leather cushions; frequently there were springs beneath the cushions for added resiliency.— Daniel M. Mendelowitz
2 : an ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change : resilience sense 2 … the resiliency of nature and humans in the wake of fires, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and other destructive forces.— Richard K. Snow et al. The Brewers have shown a resiliency through the season's ups and downs …Associated Press The project's goal is to develop … cultivars with certain traits; for example, better climate resiliency and better tolerance for low water and low fertilizer conditions.— Julie Chao

Examples of resiliency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Loss of resiliency: The life jacket is excessively hard, stiff or its foam is brittle. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 30 June 2021 Much of his career — between dealing with injuries and balancing two sports — has been defined by a sense of resiliency. oregonlive, 27 June 2021 With the Clippers facing the Phoenix Suns beginning Sunday in the franchise’s first ever Western Conference finals, the Clippers have attributed the team’s resiliency to head coach Tyronn Lue. Mark Medina, USA Today, 20 June 2021 Despite the Class of 2021′s resiliency, Hare stressed the kids have enjoyed a return to normalcy involving prom and commencement. John Benson, cleveland, 10 June 2021 Part of resiliency is also having the financial resources to access care, and people around you who can validate your experiences. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 And as much resiliency as Woods has shown in returning from so many dark times brought on by so much uncertainty, there is a practical side to him. Doug Ferguson, The Denver Post, 21 Jan. 2020 At the end of the day, providing an excellent renter experience is the most important aspect of business resiliency for property management companies. Nathaniel Kunes, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Reducing the level of seismic resiliency to lower costs was not on the table, Pullen said. oregonlive, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of resiliency

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Resiliency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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re·​sil·​ien·​cy | \ ri-ˈzil-yən-sē How to pronounce resiliency (audio) \
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