resistance

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noun

re·​sis·​tance ri-ˈzi-stən(t)s How to pronounce resistance (audio)
plural resistances
1
a
: an act or instance of resisting : opposition
b
: a means of resisting
2
: the power or capacity to resist: such as
a
: the inherent ability of an organism to resist harmful influences (such as disease, toxic agents, or infection)
b
: the capacity of a species or strain of microorganism to survive exposure to a toxic agent (such as a drug) formerly effective against it
3
: an opposing or impeding force
4
a
: the opposition offered by a body or substance to the passage through it of a steady electric current
b
: a source of resistance
5
: a psychological defense mechanism wherein a patient rejects, denies, or otherwise opposes the therapeutic efforts of a psychotherapist
6
often capitalized : an underground organization of a conquered or nearly conquered country engaging in sabotage and secret operations against occupation forces and collaborators

resistance

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adjective

: of, relating to, or being exercise involving pushing or pulling against a source of resistance (such as a weight) to increase strength
resistance training

Examples of resistance in a Sentence

Noun They have shown a stubborn resistance to change. The troops met heavy resistance as they approached the city. The paint shows good weather resistance. Over time the patient could develop a resistance to the drug.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Tick recounts the extraordinary resistance that Fitzgerald faced – and overcame. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Feb. 2024 Chromium, one of the elements found in stainless steel, is responsible for its notably higher rust and corrosion resistance. Popular Science, 14 Feb. 2024 That initial resistance, followed by a quick acquiescence, offers little real indication of what will happen with Beyoncé’s song nationally. Chris Willman, Variety, 13 Feb. 2024 Carnival celebrations in the Caribbean are deeply rooted in the cultural traditions of Africa and were often used as a form of resistance to colonial oppression. Melissa Noel, Essence, 13 Feb. 2024 Selecting a new pair of winter boots is an undertaking that depends on many factors: durability, heel height, weather resistance, and personal style. Calin Van Paris, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 Try incorporating different exercise types, like aerobic or resistance training, into your daily routine. Dr. Roshini Raj, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 The grooved grating surface works to lower the overall resistance of anything being grated, while also working to elongate the length of every blade on the grater. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 Which molecule is going to be the best to give resistance to this herbicide or this insect? Nick Rockel, Fortune, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resistance was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near resistance

Cite this Entry

“Resistance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resistance. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

resistance

noun
re·​sis·​tance
ri-ˈzis-tən(t)s
1
a
: an act or instance of resisting : opposition
b
: a method of resisting
2
: the ability to resist
the body's resistance to disease
3
: an opposing or slowing force
4
: the opposition offered by a body or substance to the passage through it of a steady electric current
5
: a source of resistance
6
often capitalized : a secret organization in a conquered or nearly conquered country fighting against enemy forces

Medical Definition

resistance

noun
re·​sis·​tance ri-ˈzis-tən(t)s How to pronounce resistance (audio)
1
a
: power or capacity to resist
especially : the inherent ability of an organism to resist harmful influences (as disease, toxic agents, or infection)
b
: the capacity of a species or strain of microorganism to survive exposure to a toxic agent (as a drug) formerly effective against it due to genetic mutation and selection for and accumulation of genes conferring protection from the agent especially as a result of overuse of the agent which selectively destroys individual microorganisms lacking the protective genes
2
a
: the opposition offered by a body to the passage through it of a steady electric current
b
: opposition or impediment to the flow of a fluid (as blood or respiratory gases) through one or more passages see vascular resistance
3
: a psychological defense mechanism wherein a psychoanalysis patient rejects, denies, or otherwise opposes therapeutic efforts by the analyst

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