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

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The first column is temperature, the second column is resiliency of O-rings as a function of temperature. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 The bounceback highlights the resiliency of U.S. stocks in 2019 even in the face of shaky data from China and consumer wariness. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks End the Week With Gains," 25 Jan. 2019 Movie theaters have had their best summer in two decades, reversing the losses from 2017’s disappointing season and showing resiliency in the Netflix era. Anousha Sakoui, The Seattle Times, "Despite Netflix, movie theaters had best summer in decades," 3 Sep. 2018 Pricing within range and increasing the offering bode well for the resiliency of the IPO market even as sharp stock swings have become more common. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Moderna IPO Raises Over $600 Million in Rocky Market," 6 Dec. 2018 But the need for resiliency isn’t limited to the coast. Jon Chesto,, "Gearing up for climate change along the Mystic River," 29 June 2018 Flexibility and resiliency are some of the advantages of small businesses, said La Vecchia of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Lincoln Road keeps growing — and its small businesses keep closing," 25 June 2018 President Trump directed Defense Secretary Jim Mattis early last year to launch the review to assess the state, flexibility and resiliency of the existing arsenal to deter modern adversaries. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "A leaked draft of the Pentagon’s nuclear review shows a desire for new kinds of weapons," 13 Jan. 2018 Who knows how the story will turn out, but this team has its resiliency to thank for the fact that there remains a story at all. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "22 years later, the weight of the world is off England's shoulders," 3 July 2018

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1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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