- springing back; rebounding.
- returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched.
- recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.
Origin of resilient
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Examples from the Web for resilient
Instead of being strong and resilient, bones become weak and brittle.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
But one of the reasons why the group has been so resilient, he said, was its skill in utilizing propaganda.ISIS Has 9,000 ‘Core Fighters.’ Or Maybe 17,000. Or Possibly 30,000.
November 6, 2014
Stephen Hawking is not only a bona fide genius, but also one of the most resilient men on the planet.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims
November 6, 2014
This was the spirit of a resilient city — outraged, engaged, and unified.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
But even her resilient stance carries a strong sense of hopelessness.Homophobia in Russia Is Taking a Kafkaesque Turn
June 9, 2014
Octavia's resilient flesh crawled and quivered at her memories.The Devil in Iron
Robert E. Howard
They are a dangerous, tenacious, resilient, ruthless and unrelenting foe to have.After the Rain
The wire for this purpose should be annealed, and not resilient.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Another group was schooled in bending the resilient but tough hickory.My Attainment of the Pole
Frederick A. Cook
The bed was clearly a good bed, resilient, softly garnished.The Price of Love
- (of an object or material) capable of regaining its original shape or position after bending, stretching, compression, or other deformation; elastic
- (of a person) recovering easily and quickly from shock, illness, hardship, etc; irrepressible
Word Origin and History for resilient
1640s, "springing back," from Latin resilientem "inclined to leap or spring back," present participle of resilire (see resilience). Figuratively, of persons, from 1830. Related: Resiliently.