Definition of resilient in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈzɪlɪənt/


1(Of a person or animal) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions: babies are generally far more resilient than new parents realize 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, quick to bounce back, buoyant, difficult to keep down, irrepressible;
adaptable, flexible
2(Of a substance or object) able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed: a shoe with resilient cushioning
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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.



Example sentences
  • 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).

  • This is from Latin resilire ‘leap back’. The first senses recorded were ‘returning to the original position’ and ‘looking back’; the prime current sense, for someone who bounces back under pressure dates from the early 19th century. Result (Late Middle English) developed from a closely related Latin verb resultare ‘to spring back’.

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