resistant

1 of 2

adjective

re·​sis·​tant ri-ˈzi-stənt How to pronounce resistant (audio)
: giving, capable of, or exhibiting resistance
often used in combination
wrinkle-resistant clothes
a drug-resistant strain of virus

resistant

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noun

: 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
Normally these drones act as spotters for Lancet kamikaze drones, which are more resistant to jamming and which carry a heavier warhead than an FPV like the Ghoul. David Hambling, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Why was Jackson so resistant to performing on what was clearly shaping up to be his big night? Paul Grein, Billboard, 28 Feb. 2024 So, Groen began working with McDonald’s corporate team to develop the Filet-O-Fish sandwich, even though owner Ray Kroc was wholly resistant to the idea. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 The innovative material is not only lightweight and resistant to corrosion, temperature changes, and magnetic fields but also reduces friction altogether improving the durability of the movement. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 27 Feb. 2024 Apple warns that the Apple Vision Pro and its battery are not, in fact, water resistant. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 22 Feb. 2024 The tools are stainless steel and resistant to rust and corrosion, and the tool bag is made of durable polyester. Amanda Ogle, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024 Its patent-pending modular system consists of three elements including Dorne Bonds, Connectors, and Momentos—all of which are waterproof and tarnish resistant, and hypoallergenic. Meggen Harris, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Whatever happens, or doesn’t, is likely to create waves, given the star’s status as certainly one of the two or three biggest music luminaries in the world, moving toward a format that has proven famously resistant to making its homegrown Black women into stars. Chris Willman, Variety, 13 Feb. 2024
Noun
Geekhom Heat Resistant Grilling Gloves $26 at Amazon Heat resistant gloves are the ultimate grilling gadget for a true hands-on approach on your food. John Thompson, Men's Health, 13 June 2023 Her young husband, an active resistant, disappears. Marina Warner, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2022 Tendons also respond favorably to heavy loads, becoming stronger, more injury resistant, stiffer and thus more springlike. Outside Online, 13 Nov. 2019 For months much of the focus by health officials and the White House has been on convincing the resistant to get vaccinated, an effort that has so far produced mixed results. Jenny Deam, ProPublica, 20 Aug. 2021 Both these products are hypoallergenic and naturally dust-mite resistant. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 22 Apr. 2021 The pillow’s bamboo cover is hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, to help keep sneezing and watery eyes at bay. Korin Miller, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 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, 1 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resistant was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Resistant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resistant. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

resistant

adjective
re·​sis·​tant
ri-ˈzis-tənt
: giving, capable of, or showing resistance
often used in combination
wrinkle-resistant clothes

Medical Definition

resistant

adjective
re·​sis·​tant
variants also resistent
: giving, capable of, or exhibiting resistance
often used in combination
a drug-resistant strain of virus
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