[ hahr-dee-nis ]
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  1. the capacity for enduring or sustaining hardship, privation, etc.; capability of surviving under unfavorable conditions.

Origin of hardiness

A Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at hardy1, -ness

Words Nearby hardiness

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How to use hardiness in a sentence

  • And, like the Cut-Leaved Birch, it is ironclad in its hardiness.

    Amateur Gardencraft | Eben E. Rexford
  • Varieties of specially good flavor would be given special thought, even though they might lack in hardiness or productivity.

    Dwarf Fruit Trees | F. A. Waugh
  • He who carries the diamond upon him, it gives him hardiness and manhood, and it keeps the limbs of his body whole.

British Dictionary definitions for hardiness


/ (ˈhɑːdɪnɪs) /

  1. the condition or quality of being hardy, robust, or bold

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