or re·sil·ien·cy

[ri-zil-yuh ns, -zil-ee-uh ns or ri-zil-yuh n-see, -zil-ee-uh n-see]


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

Related Words for resilience

flexibility, snap, pliancy, recoil

Examples from the Web for resilience

Contemporary Examples of resilience

Historical Examples of resilience

  • I do not pretend to fathom them; they have the texture and resilience of an indiarubber ball.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • But they lowered the boom on Ives when he showed any resilience.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn

  • Most probably it is due to a momentary change in the resilience of the rubber.

    Practical Lithography

    Alfred Seymour

  • Stretched to the limit of their resilience, the nerves act reflexly.

  • And inevitably in the end, the resilience of youth conquered.

    Out of the Air

    Inez Haynes Irwin

British Dictionary definitions for resilience



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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