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.

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 resiliency



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 resiliency
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