- 1The refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument: she put up no resistance to being led awayMore example sentences
opposition to, hostility to, refusal to accept
- The abbey was dissolved in 1539 during Henry VIII's fallout with Rome but became a centre of resistance to Henry's moves against Catholicism.
- Police and troops deployed around the parliament building failed to offer any resistance to the demonstrators who stormed into the main chamber.
- Bloom's theory, by contrast, turns on the notion of involuntary imitation, and (conscious or unconscious) resistance to it.
- 1.1Armed or violent opposition: government forces were unable to crush guerrilla-style resistanceMore example sentences
- All of these tasks would have to be performed in situations where the threat of armed resistance is real and present.
- After his death, the legend of the ex-president's armed resistance persisted - and was embellished.
- It was also a reminder of the threat of armed resistance.
- 1.2 (also resistance movement) [in singular] A secret organization resisting authority, especially in an occupied country.More example sentences
- A resistance movement emerged on a scale that the military had not anticipated.
- But many people said that it was the Italian resistance movement that liberated Italy from fascism.
- But the hopes of the resistance movement - 80 percent Communist - were dashed.
- 1.3 (the Resistance) The underground movement formed in France during World War II to fight the German occupying forces and the Vichy government. Also called maquis.More example sentences
- The teenage Giscard was in the French Resistance during World War II.
- While serving with the French Free Forces of the Interior, he met a girl, also from the south of France, who was in the Resistance.
- Everything Hollywood taught me about the Resistance is wrong.
- 1.4The impeding, slowing, or stopping effect exerted by one material thing on another: air resistance would need to be reduced by streamliningMore example sentences
- More subtle effects of air resistance on projectile motion are related to the shape and rotation of the object.
- Initially they will accelerate, but they will soon reach a constant terminal velocity when the air resistance around them offsets their downward acceleration.
- The speed reached by such a body depends on the ratio of the effort exerted to the resistance offered.
- 2The ability not to be affected by something, especially adversely: some of us have a lower resistance to cold than othersMore example sentences
- He'd leave the windows open in winter so we'd develop a resistance to cold.
- The drugs used to prevent the body rejecting the new heart adversely weakened his resistance to infection.
- Sorry to bring up smoking again, but smoking reduces your resistance to bugs, lowers the body's ability to expel the mucus and lengthens recovery time.
- 2.1 Medicine & Biology Lack of sensitivity to a drug, insecticide, etc., especially as a result of continued exposure or genetic change.More example sentences
ability to fight off, immunity from, defenses against
- In vitro drug susceptibility indicated resistance to at least isoniazid and rifampin.
- Unfortunately, these numbers are on the rise due to insecticide resistance, antimalarial drug resistance, and environmental changes.
- Nevertheless, drug resistance will continue and vigilance is necessary.
- 3The degree to which a substance or device opposes the passage of an electric current, causing energy dissipation. Ohm’s law resistance (measured in ohms) is equal to the voltage divided by the current.More example sentences
- The voltage and/or resistance and thereby the temperature of each thermistor is measured at several second intervals.
- Bolometers are devices whose electrical resistance changes with temperature.
- Input resistance was measured as the voltage deflection induced by a - 0.5 or - 1.0 nA current pulse.
- 3.1A resistor or other circuit component that opposes the passage of an electric current.More example sentences
- Their wheelchair is a modification of the standard apparatus: the wheelchair is fitted with two motors, which are controlled by a panel based on light-dependent diodes and resistances.
- Therefore, the insulation is stressed only in one direction, and the resistance and wire gauge remain largely unchanged.
- A resistance unit has a temperature fuse between a resistance and a terminal for deactivating a resistance circuit when the motor reaches the permissible maximum temperature.
the path (or line) of least resistance
- An option avoiding difficulty or unpleasantness; the easiest course of action.More example sentences
- Of course, there will be those who will choose the path of least resistance and remain silent on the matter.
- But as I have nothing new to trade, I choose the path of least resistance.
- What really happens when you choose the path of least resistance?
late Middle English: from French résistance, from late Latin resistentia, from the verb resistere 'hold back' (see resist).