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[ri-zil-yuh ns, -zil-ee-uh ns or ri-zil-yuh n-see, -zil-ee-uh n-see] /rɪˈzɪl yəns, -ˈzɪl i əns or rɪˈzɪl yən si, -ˈzɪl i ən si/
the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.
Origin of resilience
1620-30; < Latin resili(ēns), present participle of resilīre to spring back, rebound (see resilient) + -ence
Related forms
nonresilience, noun
nonresiliency, noun Unabridged
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  • I do not pretend to fathom them; they have the texture and resilience of an indiarubber ball.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • But they lowered the boom on Ives when he showed any resilience.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn
  • Most probably it is due to a momentary change in the resilience of the rubber.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • Stretched to the limit of their resilience, the nerves act reflexly.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • And inevitably in the end, the resilience of youth conquered.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
British Dictionary definitions for resilience


Also resiliency. the state or quality of being resilient
(ecology) the ability of an ecosystem to return to its original state after being disturbed
(physics) the amount of potential energy stored in an elastic material when deformed
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Word Origin and History for resilience

1620s, "act of rebounding," from Latin resiliens, present participle of resilire "to rebound, recoil," from re- "back" (see re-) + salire "to jump, leap" (see salient (adj.)). Cf. result (v.). Meaning "elasticity" is from 1824.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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