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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Then, the resiliency the Orioles have shown in the past month carried into their final game of July. Nathan Ruiz,, "Chris Davis ends another hitless streak with go-ahead homer as Orioles rally past Padres, 8-5," 31 July 2019 The effort could include funding electric vehicles for municipal fleets and systems aimed at increasing the resiliency of the power grid. Aidan Ryan,, "Baker touts climate resiliency bill in testimony before lawmakers," 18 June 2019 Another part of his legacy: His resiliency and work ethic. Jason Williams,, "PX column: As 2020 approaches, popular Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune's political future in limbo," 11 July 2019 Cockroaches are known to be tenacious little pests that taunt humans with their resiliency. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Cockroaches are becoming almost impossible to kill as they build resistance to insecticides, study finds," 2 July 2019 While Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed gratitude for the team’s previous success and his players’ resiliency, Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers huddled together to discuss something else. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Joe Lacob: ‘We’ll figure out a way to be very competitive going forward’," 14 June 2019 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

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1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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