resistant

adjective
re·​sis·​tant | \ ri-ˈzi-stənt How to pronounce resistant (audio) \

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

His team, however, didn’t test whether the hybrid mosquitoes were more resistant to pesticides or more likely to transmit disease. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Study on DNA spread by genetically modified mosquitoes prompts backlash," 17 Sep. 2019 The operas of Puccini are particularly resistant to tinkering. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 Two administration officials said Bolton was deeply resistant to the idea of offering Rouhani anything to encourage him to a meeting that French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed. Washington Post, "The DIY foreign policy president: Bolton ouster confirms it," 12 Sep. 2019 In Alabama, Stevenson quickly learns how resistant the white establishment is to those who sympathize with felons. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Just Mercy': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 One reason Germany proved more resistant to the tide of populism after the 2008 financial crisis is that the economy held up so well, said Mr. Mounk, the author. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Bad News for Germany’s Economy Might Be Good News for the Far Right," 16 Aug. 2019 Her non-comformist approach never wavered and was imminently resistant to trends. Vogue, "The Women Designers Who Changed The Way We Dress," 14 Aug. 2019 Compared to Jurassic logs, most plastics are highly resistant to decay. Raleigh Mcelvery, Smithsonian, "Ancient Sea Life May Have Hitched Across Oceans on Giant Living Rafts," 12 Aug. 2019 The Topeka School deals with violence as a more local and resistant fact. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019

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 How to pronounce resistant (audio) \

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 How to pronounce resistent (audio) \

Medical Definition of resistant

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

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