re·​sis·​tant | \ ri-ˈzi-stənt \

Definition of resistant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: giving, capable of, or exhibiting resistance often used in combination wrinkle-resistant clothesa drug-resistant strain of virus



Definition of resistant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that resists : resister

Examples of resistant in a Sentence


These plants are resistant to cold temperatures. He became resistant to the medication.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Our textile experts were wowed by its strong and pill-resistant fabric that washed well with barely any shrinkage. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Duvet Covers, According to Textile Experts," 21 Dec. 2018 There have also been rumors that 2019 will also bring a new set of high-end AirPods that will be water resistant and will come with noise cancelation. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A new report suggests that Apple’s updated AirPods will come in early 2019," 2 Dec. 2018 Many of these contaminants find their way into our bodies via household items (the non-stick surface of frying pans; the stain resistant treatment on the sofa; the plastic wrap on your lunchtime salad). Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 The new AirPods will be noise canceling and water resistant enough to combat rain and perspiration, sources familiar with the products told Bloomberg on Monday. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "Apple Plans to Release High-End AirPods and Studio Headphones," 25 June 2018 Exterior siding made with wood products such as boards, panels or shingles are also suggested to be replaced with ignition resistant building materials such as stucco, fiber cement, wall siding, fire retardant or treated wood. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Fire readiness begins with property checks, new fire truck," 21 June 2018 The modifications typically make plants resistant to herbicides and crop-destroying pests. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Food Companies Get Until 2022 to Label GMOs," 20 Dec. 2018 The defendants, their fortunes sliding in opposite directions, represent starkly different paths in Mueller’s investigation — a model cooperator on one end and, prosecutors say, a dishonest and resistant witness on the other. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Flynn’s lawyers say his lie to FBI ‘uncharacteristic’," 12 Dec. 2018 As Camden explains, chickpeas are a drought resistant crop, which means little water is needed in their harvest. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Are Chickpeas the New Chic Peas?," 7 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Making human cells virus-resistant will involve at least 400,000 changes to the genome, according to GP-write’s announcement today. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Genome writing project aims to rally scientists around virus-proofing cells," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of resistant


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1580, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of resistant

: opposed to something : wanting to prevent something from happening

: not affected or harmed by something


re·​sis·​tant | \ ri-ˈzis-tənt \

Kids Definition of resistant

: capable of withstanding the force or effect of The material is fire-resistant.


variants: also resistent \ -​tənt \

Medical Definition of resistant

: giving, capable of, or exhibiting resistance often used in combination a drug-resistant strain of virus

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to gather or build up little by little

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