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 While some are resilient and can overcome their adversities, others develop problematic behavioral symptoms, according to Hinduja. Megan Marples, CNN, "Some cyberbullies show signs of PTSD, according to a UK study," 24 June 2020 Pathogens have helped shape civilization, and humans have been resilient in the face of such crises. Charlotte Roberts, The Conversation, "What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them," 15 June 2020 Remittances tend to be resilient to natural disasters and financial meltdowns, dropping by less and bouncing back faster than other flows. The Economist, "Trickles of gold Covid-19 has squeezed migrants’ remittances to their families," 15 June 2020 However, being resilient in facing unexpected situations is the core foundation where all your healthcare skills are built. Houston Chronicle, "Develop these core skills for a thriving nursing career," 13 June 2020 With further supply-chain disruptions possible as companies look to become more resilient and flexible, the tool will have long-term value. Will Knight, Wired, "The Pandemic Is Propelling a New Wave of Automation," 12 June 2020 Being resilient, dynamic, focused, frugal, and agile are the demands of the war where nothing can be predicted. Cp Gurnani, Quartz India, "An Indian IT veteran’s tips for corporate leaders to survive the pandemic," 10 June 2020 Research suggests that kids whose grandparents play a significant role in their lives may become more resilient and less prone to depression as adults. Mary Jacobs, Dallas News, "Should you move near the grandkids?," 10 June 2020 The findings back the assurances of water managers at Salt River Project that their system of reservoirs appears to be relatively resilient in the face of climate change. Ian James, azcentral, "Study says Phoenix reservoirs are resilient to warming, scientists warn risks remain," 7 June 2020

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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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The first known use of resilient was in 1674

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27 Jun 2020

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“Resilient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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