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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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 The commission reviews projects in or near wetlands, a responsibility that gives it a key role in making Boston more resilient to storms and rising seas. BostonGlobe.com, "Demand for chips is insatiable, and that’s just fine with Entegris," 9 July 2018 The government is introducing legislation to encourage the planting of more slow-growing native species, such as cork trees, holm oaks or chestnut trees, which are more resilient to flames and can slow the advance of wildfires. Washington Post, "Send in the goats: Portugal goes low-tech to beat wildfires," 14 June 2018 An innovative new program, spearheaded by some of the world’s biggest vanilla buyers, is tackling the problem head on by reducing theft, educating farmers, and making crops more resilient to the ravages of climate change. Aryn Baker/sahabevava, Time, "Vanilla Is Nearly as Expensive as Silver. That Spells Trouble for Madagascar," 13 June 2018 The government is introducing legislation to encourage the planting of more slow-growing native species, such as cork trees, holm oaks, or chestnut trees, which are more resilient to flames and can slow the advance of wildfires. Barry Hatton, The Christian Science Monitor, "Portugal races to protect its citizens against wildfires – with goats," 13 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter As e-commerce grows, so does demand for search systems that are fast, accurate and resilient to typos or tampering. The Economist, "A startup in Paris is scaling up unusually fast," 3 May 2018 Jens Nordvig, Exante Data Founder & CEO, thinks the housing sector will be resilient to Fed rate hikes. Bloomberg.com, "Surveillance: Steady as She [the Fed] Goes, Peters Says," 12 Mar. 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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