resistant

adjective
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

resistant

noun

Definition of resistant (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that resists : resister

Examples of resistant in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The disputes over the Saudi-Kuwaiti neutral zone and the Baghdad-Kurdistan standoff have both been resistant to years of negotiations and, at times, outside diplomatic pushes. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Over a Barrel: U.S. Pushes Middle East Deals Ahead of Iran Oil Ban," 1 Nov. 2018 Because the terrible truth was that the bacteria that caused the diarrhea was resistant to every antibiotic the doctors tried against it, and there was nothing people could do except to stay hydrated and hope to survive. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 According to Dart, the infection can cause loss of vision and is sometimes known to be resistant to drugs. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "A Rare Eye Infection Is Spreading Among Contact Lens Wearers in the U.K.," 21 Sep. 2018 All of them were resistant to at least seven antibiotics (azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, erythromycin, nalidixic acid, telithromycin, and tetracycline). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Drugged puppies blamed for spreading diarrhea superbugs in multi-state outbreak," 21 Sep. 2018 Which is why Wujcik is resistant to waving the white flag entirely on the summer season. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: As travel schedules continue to expand, high school baseball teams feeling the summer squeeze," 13 July 2018 Didier Deschamps is resistant to the comparisons, but France has carved out a familiar identity to his 1998 championship side in finding World Cup success and reaching the final 20 years later. ST. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Le Bleuprint: France Follows Familiar World Cup Path in Reaching Final," 10 July 2018 Keep to this consistent routine as much as possible, and if your child is resistant to naps, get them to at least lie down and relax. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Parent's survival guide to preschool," 10 July 2018 The study looked at 202 men with prostate cancer that had spread beyond the prostate and was resistant to standard treatment. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "Aggressive, deadly type of prostate cancer occurs at higher rate than previously thought," 9 July 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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for resistant

resistant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of resistant

: opposed to something : wanting to prevent something from happening

: not affected or harmed by something

resistant

adjective
re·​sis·​tant | \ri-ˈzis-tənt \

Kids Definition of resistant

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

resistant

adjective
re·​sis·​tant
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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