- to spring back; rebound; resume the original form or position, as an elastic body.
- to shrink back; recoil.
Origin of resile
1520–30; < Middle French resilir < Latin resilīre to spring back; see resilient
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Examples from the Web for resile
Resile′ment; Resil′ience, Resil′iency, act of springing back or rebounding.
- (intr) to spring or shrink back; recoil or resume original shape
C16: from Old French resilir, from Latin resilīre to jump back, from re- + salīre to jump
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Word Origin and History for resile
1520s, "draw back," from obsolete French resiler "withdraw from an agreement," or directly from Latin resilire "to jump back" (see resilience). Meaning "spring back, start back, recoil" (of material things) from 1708. Related: Resiled; resiling.
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