re·​sil·​ient | \ ri-ˈzil-yənt How to pronounce resilient (audio) \

Definition of resilient

: characterized or marked by resilience: such as
a : capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture
b : tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

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Other Words from resilient

resiliently adverb

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elastic, resilient, springy, flexible, supple mean able to endure strain without being permanently injured. elastic implies the property of resisting deformation by stretching. an elastic waistband resilient implies the ability to recover shape quickly when the deforming force or pressure is removed. a resilient innersole springy stresses both the ease with which something yields to pressure and the quickness of its return to original shape. the cake is done when the top is springy flexible applies to something which may or may not be resilient or elastic but which can be bent or folded without breaking. flexible plastic tubing supple applies to something that can be readily bent, twisted, or folded without any sign of injury. supple leather

Examples of resilient in a Sentence

The tallow tree, an ornamental species introduced by Benjamin Franklin in 1772, can quickly grow to 10 metres and is resilient to many pests. New Scientist, 19-25 Aug. 2006 In this affecting and eloquent account of the Dew family members' attempts to come to terms with the homosexuality of the elder son … Stephen emerges as a remarkably resilient and self-aware young man. — Genevieve Stuttaford, Publishers Weekly, 18 Apr. 1994 Scientists are trying to figure out how the complex structure of such crystals and polymers and their interactions on the molecular level lead to resilient materials like sea shells, teeth and bones. — JoAnn Shroyer, Quark, Critters and Chaos, 1993 Old roses are tough and resilient; they may be a little loose and blowzy … but the fact remains, these bushes want to live. — Beverly Lowry, New York Times Book Review, 3 Dec. 1989 Hot-dipped nails have a resilient, thick zinc jacket that withstands more of the perils of a nail's life. — Jim Locke, The Apple Corps Guide to the Well-Built House, 1988 The local economy is remarkably resilient. after being dipped in liquid nitrogen, the rubber ball's normally resilient surface is as brittle as ceramic
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Recent Examples on the Web Over the last year, that sentiment has proved remarkably resilient. New York Times, 11 June 2021 In the 20 years since it was launched, Wikipedia has proven remarkably resilient. Asaf Shalev,, 8 June 2021 This was a turning point, especially as pandemic fragrance sales in general have proved resilient. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Despite an enormous renewable power investment binge in 2020, unleashed as part of the nation’s stimulus efforts, thermal coal power has also proved stubbornly resilient. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2021 American industry has largely proven resilient through the coronavirus crisis, which hit the economy in March 2020. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 Though the country’s economy has been hit badly by the sanctions, the regime itself has proved relatively resilient. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 Children have proven uniquely resilient to COVID-19, but many are already suffering lasting educational, mental and physical harms. Nason Maani, Scientific American, 3 Mar. 2021 In Holiday, Anslinger found a high-profile mark who, despite her vulnerabilities, proved remarkably resilient against their attempts to take her down. Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of resilient

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for resilient

Latin resilient-, resiliens, present participle of resilire to jump back, recoil, from re- + salire to leap — more at sally

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16 Jun 2021

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“Resilient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resilient

: able to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens
: able to return to an original shape after being pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc.


re·​sil·​ient | \ -yənt How to pronounce resilient (audio) \

Medical Definition of resilient

: characterized or marked by resilience

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