Definition of resilient in English:


Syllabification: re·sil·ient
Pronunciation: /riˈzilyənt


  • 1(Of a substance or object) able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed.
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    • Foam is resilient, keeps its shape and comes in a range of densities.
    • Just a small portion of this resilient rubber gray matter is all one needs to erase away the problems.
    • Support surfaces that are made from resilient foam exhibit this type of elastic response.
    flexible, pliable, supple; durable, hardwearing, stout, strong, sturdy, tough
  • 1.1(Of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions: the fish are resilient to most infections
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    • The belief that girls are more resilient to environmental factors than boys was thus not supported.
    • They are a hardy and resilient species, a fact evident from their continued existence into the 21st century.
    • They were resilient people with strong faith and a firm belief in providence.
    strong, tough, hardy; quick to recover, buoyant, irrepressible



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  • Yet the people - the nation's true wealth - are resiliently optimistic, determined to make the best of what they have.
  • To maintain its relaxed uprightness, a balanced body then begins to make spontaneous movements and adjustments, ever so slightly, ever so resiliently.
  • ‘I'm going to find my little brother and say goodbye to him,’ she said resiliently, and then she stormed out.


mid 17th century: from Latin resilient- 'leaping back', from the verb resilire (see resile).

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