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.


Nearby words

  1. resignation,
  2. resigned,
  3. resignedly,
  4. resignee,
  5. resile,
  6. resiliency,
  7. resilient,
  8. resilin,
  9. resin,
  10. resin duct

Origin of resilience

1620–30; < Latin resili(ēns), present participle of resilīre to spring back, rebound (see resilient) + -ence

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

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Word Origin and History for resilience



1620s, "act of rebounding," from Latin resiliens, present participle of resilire "to rebound, recoil," from re- "back" (see re-) + salire "to jump, leap" (see salient (adj.)). Cf. result (v.). Meaning "elasticity" is from 1824.

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