[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 resiliency
“Dr. Addison has shown strength and resiliency during an extremely difficult time,” an embassy spokesperson tells me.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth
October 30, 2014
It is still a shell of what it once was but its resiliency is undeniable.Heavy Blow to Al Qaeda
August 28, 2011
With resiliency and grace, the Gores triumphed over such setbacks with extraordinary accomplishment.
With resiliency and grace, the Gores triumphed over setbacks with extraordinary accomplishment and determination.
Gen. Cornum is set to launch the first Resiliency Training program next Monday in Philadelphia, with 150 soldiers.Anywhere but Fort Hood
November 6, 2009
Maybe it hardens as it dries so that it loses all resiliency!The Raid on the Termites
With the resiliency of youth they had accepted the situation, and were making the best of it.The Forester's Daughter
After a few games it became deflated, with the resiliency of a soggy sponge.Rough-Hewn
There was a resiliency in Travis unequalled, some said, by spring steel.Conquest Over Time
Silence is economy and resiliency is superior to resistance.Creative Chemistry
Edwin E. Slosson
- 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 resiliency
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