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[ri-zil-yuhnt, -zil-ee-uhnt]
  1. springing back; rebounding.
  2. returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched.
  3. recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.
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Origin of resilient

1635–45; < Latin resilient- (stem of resiliēns), present participle of resilīre to spring back, equivalent to re- re- + -sil-, combining form of salīre to leap, jump + -ent- -ent); see salient
Related formsre·sil·ient·ly, adverbnon·re·sil·i·ent, adjectivenon·re·sil·i·ent·ly, adverbun·re·sil·ient, adjectiveun·re·sil·ient·ly, adverb

Synonyms for resilient

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British Dictionary definitions for non-resilient


  1. (of an object or material) capable of regaining its original shape or position after bending, stretching, compression, or other deformation; elastic
  2. (of a person) recovering easily and quickly from shock, illness, hardship, etc; irrepressible
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Derived Formsresiliently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-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.

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