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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Not to mention that consumers, whose spending makes up about 70 percent of the economy, have remained resilient through all of the recovery’s recent bumps and bruises. Matt O'brien, Washington Post, "The economy has a lot more problems than just Trump’s trade war," 20 June 2019 Will the job market remain resilient even as growth slows? CBS News, "The Fed may reach a new view of where rates are headed," 19 June 2019 The figures add to signs the global economy remained resilient as the year kicked off despite nerves over trade tensions and a slowdown in China. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Brexit Preparation Helped Speed Up U.K. Economy," 10 May 2019 Panels of polycarbonate, acrylic and fiberglass are resilient, good insulators and have excellent light transmission, although fiberglass can discolor over time. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 28 Jan. 2019 Overall, the data show a labor market that remains resilient in the face of a potential global trade war but whose growth is slowing as the recovery from the Great Recession this month became the second-longest in U.S. history. Author: Jim Puzzanghera, Anchorage Daily News, "Unemployment rate falls below 4 percent for first time since 2000 - but for a bad reason," 4 May 2018 Overall, the data show a labor market that remains resilient in the face of a potential global trade war but whose growth is slowing as the recovery from the Great Recession this month became the second-longest in U.S. history. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Lemonade Day spotlights young entrepreneurs with a plan," 4 May 2018 For their part, the Shockers remained resilient despite their shooting woes. Matt Murschel,, "AAC Tournament: Rob Gray sparks Houston to win over Wichita State," 11 Mar. 2018 Notably, the net interest margin should remain resilient over the course of the plan thanks to more room to reduce the cost of funding and a steeper yield curve. Sam Unsted,, "Never Mind Earnings, For Analysts Lloyds Is All About Strategy," 21 Feb. 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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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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