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

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
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Shares in five of China’s top six express-delivery companies have rebounded this year, supported by signs of resilient demand and attractive valuations. Shen Hong, WSJ, "Investors Warm to the Firms That Underpin China’s E-Commerce Boom," 28 Jan. 2019 With Soviet backing and while proving a resilient rebel force in the country for years, by 1964 the Simbas had begun to weaken. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "That Time a CIA Spyplane Had to Dodge a Spear During the Cold War," 14 Jan. 2019 Her track record is a testament to her special tenacity, but also to how incredibly resilient humans can be. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s incredible ability to bounce back," 14 Dec. 2018 Microsoft failed spectacularly in the mobile era with its Windows Phone efforts, but the company has shown it’s resilient. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft briefly overtakes Apple to become the world’s most valuable company," 26 Nov. 2018 Still, the system, as a whole, has proven incredibly resilient, and a far better alternative to non-democratic systems, which lead invariably to corruption and oppression. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 And how can cities be efficient, sustainable, resilient, and livable in the face of the enormous social and environmental challenges of our time? Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 Other animals are stronger, more resilient, and faster than humans, who cannot fly, can only inhabit water for a limited amount of time, and who are lacking in natural weapons. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Humanity's Secret Weapon Is Surviving in Tough Climates," 31 July 2018 Shake Shack uses resilient, pillowy Martin’s potato rolls. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 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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