or re·sil·ien·cy

[ 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

non·re·sil·i·ence, nounnon·re·sil·i·en·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for non-resilience


/ (rɪˈzɪlɪəns) /


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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