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

Examples from the Web for resiliency

Contemporary Examples of resiliency

Historical Examples of resiliency

  • Maybe it hardens as it dries so that it loses all resiliency!

  • With the resiliency of youth they had accepted the situation, and were making the best of it.

  • After a few games it became deflated, with the resiliency of a soggy sponge.


    Dorothy Canfield

  • There was a resiliency in Travis unequalled, some said, by spring steel.

    Conquest Over Time

    Michael Shaara

  • Silence is economy and resiliency is superior to resistance.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

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

1660s, "tendency to rebound;" see resilience + -cy. Meaning "power of recovery" is from 1857.



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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