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

Not all in the Conservative Party are resistant to Mr Farage’s charms. The Economist, "How pacts and tactical voting could sway the coming British election," 14 Sep. 2019 Nevertheless, MoviePass remained committed to leading and competing in an industry that is resistant to outside competition and change. Nick Romano, EW.com, "R.I.P. MoviePass: Subscription service to officially shut down," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2015, with her cotton yields declining, Seaton poured her efforts into wine-making, since grapes are more resistant to drought. CBS News, "New seeds may help cotton farmers in face of drought, climate change," 26 Aug. 2019 Work is already underway to use Crispr gene-editing to create Cavendish bananas that are resistant to TR4. Matt Reynolds, Wired, "A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever," 19 Aug. 2019 High biological diversity makes ecosystems more resistant and resilient, thereby more robust in the face of climate change. Anne Sverdrup-thygeson, WSJ, "The Bugs We Can’t Live Without," 20 June 2019 Some experts foresee a future in which knots might be woven together to form functional materials with heat-resistant or catalyzing properties. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Learn the Ropes on Tying Molecular Knots," 29 Oct. 2018 That could mean tweaking Pinot with heat-resistant genes from some obscure vine. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018 Nearly 90% of people infected with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB who took this treatment during a clinical trial recovered in 6 months. Amy Maxmen, Scientific American, "Treatment for Extreme Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Wins U.S. Government Approval," 16 Aug. 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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