[ri-zil-yuh ns, -zil-ee-uh ns or ri-zil-yuh n-see, -zil-ee-uh n-see]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for resilience
Throughout the next year, the city changed but it's resilience never did.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
They each have a unique struggle and their own reserves of resilience and humor.Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay: ‘Rich Hill’ and the Elusive American Dream
Tracy Droz Tragos
July 27, 2014
I am awed by the resilience of these people whose sexual identities are literally a matter of life and death.Out and Proud in El Salvador’s Murderous Gangland
July 13, 2014
The Resilience Project will mail kits to individuals who sign up to participate.
This summer, the Resilience Project will begin accepting DNA samples from individuals around the world.
I do not pretend to fathom them; they have the texture and resilience of an indiarubber ball.Another Sheaf
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
Stretched to the limit of their resilience, the nerves act reflexly.Just Around the Corner
And inevitably in the end, the resilience of youth conquered.Out of the Air
Inez Haynes Irwin
- 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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper