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 South Alabama finishes non-conference play at 3-1, showing resiliency after suffering its first loss of the season at UCLA the previous week. Creg Stephenson |, al, 24 Sep. 2022 The work is necessary, community leaders say, but so many of the projects that require significant investment, engineering and design to create resiliency, stay suspended in the proposal phase. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 Key ingredients include biomimetic oat (to reduce redness), a plant called Japanese lilyturf (to maintain moisture), cacao peptides (to boost skin resiliency), and milk thistle (to minimize the negative effects of environmental stressors). Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 20 Sep. 2022 The Dolphins showed remarkable resiliency as the 21-point comeback was the franchise’s largest on the road and second-largest overall. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2022 The Falcons showed resiliency in trying to rally from a 28-3 deficit on Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. Charles Odum, ajc, 19 Sep. 2022 But recovery periods are brief, and procurement processes and technologies need to evolve to increase resiliency to external market forces. Richard Waugh, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 The program uses music to support stress reduction, resiliency and emotional expression. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 By the end of Brother, as Aisha helps Michael reconnect with his mother and be healed, Virgo delivers a happy ending to a film that journeys into a Black Canadian community founded on strength and resiliency and constant renewal. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of resiliency

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) \
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