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resistance

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noun re·sis·tance \ri-ˈzis-tən(t)s\

Definition of resistance

  1. 1 a :  an act or instance of resisting :  opposition b :  a means of resisting

  2. 2 :  the power or capacity to resist: as a :  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

  3. 3 :  an opposing or retarding force

  4. 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. 5 :  a psychological defense mechanism wherein a patient rejects, denies, or otherwise opposes the therapeutic efforts of a psychotherapist

  6. 6 often capitalized :  an underground organization of a conquered or nearly conquered country engaging in sabotage and secret operations against occupation forces and collaborators

Examples of resistance in a sentence

  1. They have shown a stubborn resistance to change.

  2. The troops met heavy resistance as they approached the city.

  3. The paint shows good weather resistance.

  4. Over time the patient could develop a resistance to the drug.

14th Century

First Known Use of resistance

14th century


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resistance

adjective re·sis·tance

Definition of resistance

  1. :  of, relating to, or being exercise involving pushing against a source of resistance (as a weight) to increase strength <resistance training>

1976

First Known Use of resistance

1976



RESISTANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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resistance

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noun re·sis·tance \ri-ˈzis-tən(t)s\

Definition of resistance for English Language Learners

  • : refusal to accept something new or different

  • : effort made to stop or to fight against someone or something

  • : the ability to prevent something from having an effect


RESISTANCE Defined for Kids

resistance

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noun re·sis·tance \ri-ˈzi-stəns\

Definition of resistance for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of opposing

  2. 2 :  the ability to withstand the force or effect of <resistance to disease>

  3. 3 :  an opposing or slowing force <The car's sleek design reduces wind resistance.>

  4. 4 :  the opposition offered by a substance to the passage through it of an electric current


Medical Dictionary

resistance

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noun re·sis·tance \ri-ˈzis-tən(t)s\

Medical Definition of resistance

  1. 1a:  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. 2a:  the opposition offered by a body to the passage through it of a steady electric currentb:  opposition or impediment to the flow of a fluid (as blood or respiratory gases) through one or more passages—see vascular resistance

  3. 3:  a psychological defense mechanism wherein a psychoanalysis patient rejects, denies, or otherwise opposes therapeutic efforts by the analyst



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