resilient

adjective
re·​sil·​ient | \ri-ˈzil-yənt \

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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Oil firms have also learned the hard way to be more resilient. Kevin Kingsbury, WSJ, "Energy Shares Shed Crude Relationship With Oil Prices," 20 Nov. 2018 Kids are more resilient than many people give them credit for, and sharing in the experience can often be extremely beneficial for their own grieving processes. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 2018 Until then, Descanso will be thinking about how to build up areas of the garden to be more resilient in the face of extreme temperatures. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Acres of historic camellias at Descanso Gardens scorched during weekend’s triple-digit heat," 12 July 2018 Third-quarter results from the agency groups were resilient, except for WPP’s, despite a slump in creative work. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Madison Avenue’s Unequal Fight With Google," 6 Nov. 2018 During the hurricane season last year, lizards in many Caribbean countries were not happy, but according to new research, those that survived helped make their species a little bit more resilient to hurricanes in the future. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Caribbean Lizards Are Already Adapting In the Wake of Last Year's Hurricanes," 26 July 2018 Power is a strong component of resilience, and who doesn’t want their child to be resilient? USA TODAY, "Believe it or not, parents can win the power struggle by giving kids control," 11 June 2018 The third pathway is when the environment is reengineered to be more resilient. Richard Florida, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Force the Poor From Their Homes," 13 July 2018 The gene variants likely affect how resilient the placenta is to stress from its environment. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, "The Placenta Is Now a Suspect In Heightening Schizophrenia Risk," 28 May 2018

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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

adjective

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.

resilient

adjective
re·​sil·​ient | \-yənt \

Medical Definition of resilient 

: characterized or marked by resilience

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