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

Other Words from resilient

resiliently adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for resilient

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web While some healthcare companies (like startups and biopharmaceutical firms) are less resilient during recessions, the industry as a whole is relatively inelastic. - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 Though balance sheets are quite likely resilient to housing stress, two additional household linkages are more negative. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 One slice of the economy that has been relatively resilient is the drug industry. David Wainer, WSJ, 28 July 2022 But even those at the lowest tier of earnings as an average are more resilient than two years ago, the bank said. Tiffany Ap, Quartz, 26 July 2022 This plant, also known as the Victorian parlor palm, is famously resilient. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 22 July 2022 The Colorado Office of Just Transition’s draft plan highlights how communities are more resilient when there are several thriving local businesses rather than a single entity. J. Mijin Cha, Scientific American, 6 July 2022 The brand says this is because its unique responsive foam is more resilient without sinking in, and testers agree that Tuft & Needle's foam feels supportive without sinking in. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 13 June 2022 The canyon represents an opportunity for the county to be more resilient to drought and heat by preserving it, said Olivia Juarez, board member of Utah Coalition of La Raza. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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“Resilient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of resilient

: characterized or marked by resilience

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