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 stunning hotel first opened June 10, 1911 and was a symbol of the island's resiliency after the Great Storm of 1900, one of the nation's deadliest disasters, according to a release. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston's Hotel Galvez & Spa celebrates 108 years this week," 11 June 2019 The program trains mental health professionals in treating people at risk of suicide and develops services to build resiliency in younger people before suicidal thoughts take root. Globe Staff,, "Suicides soar among teenagers, Harvard study says," 18 June 2019 The resiliency of this Warriors team—down Durant, down Looney, looking old and fatigued—is legitimately awe-inspiring. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Warriors Deserve to Win These NBA Finals," 11 June 2019 The award is now given to the top FBS player based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency — regardless of position. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "Trio of Hurricane defensive greats on 2020 College Football Hall of Fame ballot," 3 June 2019 The deans stacked their team with experts in tunneling, resiliency from natural disasters, electrical systems and fiber-optic and laser technology that could monitor the tunnel after the work is complete. Paul Berger, WSJ, "How Engineers Working Pro Bono Solved New York’s Toughest Subway Problem," 6 Jan. 2019 Training subjects included resiliency, accountability, diversity and high-performing teams. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To,, "Harding Family grant helps fund local Meals on Wheels kitchen's renovations: Olmsted Dates and Data," 9 Apr. 2018 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

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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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